Crunchy Granola

Crunchy Granola

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup wheat germ

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup dried cherries, diced


Adjust oven rack to middle position, and preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, salt, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and walnuts. In a small saucepan, mix together honey, oil, and water; bring to a simmer. Drizzle liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto prepared pan. Working a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Stir in dried cherries, continue to bake for 15 minutes longer until golden brown. Let cool. Granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.