Lunchbreak: Common Threads’ Melody McLeod makes homemade granola

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Homemade Granola
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 3/4 cup

2 cups Quaker rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
2 Tbs canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried berries, raisins, cherries, or other mixed dried fruit

Preheat the oven to 350.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with non-stick spray.  Chop up the nuts.  If dried fruit is very large (like mangos, figs, prunes, etc), dice it.  Measure out the oats and the wheat germ into a bowl.  Set aside. In another bowl, mash the banana.  Mix together with the oil, sugar, honey, cinnamon and salt.  When those are well combined, add the nuts and seeds. Stir in the oat mixture until everything is well combined. Spread the granola mixture out on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet.  Make sure the mixture spreads thin and evenly, otherwise some of it will burn (use multiple baking sheets if necessary. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until mixture starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the dried fruit.  Stir and toss lightly to combine. Allow to cool until granola hardens, about 15-30 minutes (it will take longer if you baked it in a thicker layer).  To cool quickly, place baking sheet in the fridge or freezer.

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