Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In medium bowl, combine almonds, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax seed, and wheat germ. In large bowl, combine oats and cereal. In microwave-proof bowl, combine brown sugar, water, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir liquid mixture into cereal and oats mixture. Stir to evenly moisten. Stir in nuts and seeds. Divide mixture evenly onto 2 large parchment-lined baking sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes until lightly browned & crunchy. Cool completely. It will get crunchier as it cools. Sprinkle dried fruit evenly over granola, if desired. Store in air tight container. Freezes well.
NOTE: Other preferred nuts, seeds, and dried fruits may be substituted. For gluten free option, omit the wheat germ, use gluten-free oats, and select a gluten free boxed cereal.
*Dried fruit is optional; granola is delicious without it, too.
Nutritional information (per 1/4 cup serving)
With dried fruit -- 62 calories, 3.1g fat, 7.2g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 2.9g sugars, 1.9g protein; WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 2 Without dried fruit -- 68 calories, 3.5g fat, 7.7g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 2.9g sugars, 2.2g protein; WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 2