(you can replace the 1/4 cup of maple syrup with 2 tbls each of syrup and molasses).
1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 2 tbls sesame seeds, 6 tbls currants.
GRANOLA WITH TROPICAL FLAVORING:
add the coconut along with the cashews and banana chips -- 1/4 cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews, 1/4 cup chopped banana chips, 1/4 cup sweetened flake coconut, 1/4 cup chopped dried pineapple, flavoring, 1/2 tsp ground ginger.
GRANOLA WITH CHERRIES AND ALMONDS:
1/3 cup sliced almonds, 1/3 cup sweetened coconut, 1/3 cup dried cherries, flavoring: 3/4 tsp almond extract.
TRAIL MIX GRANOLA: 1/4 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, 1/4 cup sweetened flake coconut, 1/3 cup dried cherries, flavoring 3/4 tsp almond extract.
ORANGE BERRY- GRANOLA WITH PECANS: 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup dried blueberries, flavoring 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest.
ORANGE FLAVORED GRANOLA WITH PISTACHIOS AND MANGO AND DATES: 1/2 cup chopped roasted pistachios, 1/4 cup chopped dates, 1/4 chopped dried mangos -- flavoring -- 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest and 1/4 tsp allspice.
to prepare MASTER RECIPE:
adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 275*. coat a 9x13" metal pan with cooking spray, then set aside. mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, salt and any extra ingredients. except dried fruit--in a bowl. bring syrup, oil, water and any flavoring indicated below to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat -- drizzle 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, stir in dried fruits, continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes, longer. let cool -- granola can be stored in an airtight container tin for up to two weeks -- .