granolaMakes 1 quart

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
2 tablespoons warm water
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup dried cherries

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 275 degrees. Mix oats, wheat germ, salt, almonds and coconut in a medium bowl. Heat syrup, oil, water, and almond extract to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle over oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a 13-by 9-inch pan coated with vegetable cooking spray. Working a handful at a time, squeeze cereal to form small clumps. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in cherries. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes longer. Let cool and serve. (Can be stored in an airtight tin for 1 month.)