I created this recipe to star two of my favorite cooking ingredients from my "summer place" It's both Cherry country and Maple Syrup Country. The original recipe called for Pecans, but I added Almonds because I think Almonds and Cherries taste great together. TBoth versions a wonderful for breakfast served topped with plain or vanilla yogurt. Sweetened with a dab of honey if you wish.
1heat oven to 275^ In large bowl combine maple syrup, oil, salt, vanilla, almond extract and whisk together
2add oats and nuts, mix well.
3Pour out on baking sheets. With hand in a plastic baggie or plastic glove, gently press into thin layers, roast on center oven racks 30 min. Switch the pans and stir the mixture. then bake an additional 15 min.
4If you like your granola soft to eat with yogurt for breakfast, let it cool. Add the dried cherries and anything else you desire. store in sealed contao
5For trail-mix type granola. Stir and rotate the pans one more time. Bake an additional 15, cool add dried cherries, and candies as desired,