Crock Pot Granola

5 cups old fashioned oats

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1/4 Teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon grated zest of an orange or lemon

1 1/2 cups shredded coconut ( can omit and use 1 1/2 cups of something else if you like)

1 cup chopped walnuts, or any other nut you like

1 - 2 cups dried fruit


Place the old fashioned oats and nuts into the crock pot. 

In a medium size heavy metal saucepan add the olive oil, brown sugar,honey,maple syrup cinnamon, vanilla, salt and zest.  Cook over low heat until mixture boils.  Let boil for one minute.  Remove from heat and pour over the oats and nuts in the crock pot.  Stir to coat thoroughly.  Turn the crock pot to low heat, crack the lid of the crock pot to allow steam to escape.  Cook for 2 hours, stirring every half hour.  Remove the lid and add the coconut and dried fruit.  Stir to combine.  Remove granola from the crock pot and place on cookie sheets to cool.  Store in air tight containers.