Sheila's Homemade Granola (Modified)


5 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Mix oats, brown sugar, coconut, ground flax seed, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl.  Stir water, oil, and vanilla extract into the oat mixture; spread onto a baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy, about 1 hour; transfer to a bowl.  Stir cranberries and almonds through the granola.