Cinnamon Vanilla Granola


5 cups rolled oats

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or a little more if you desire a clumpier granola)

1/4 cup applesauce

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup dried cranberries or raisins 



1.  Combine oats, pecans and wheat germ in a large bowl. Combine maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Pour over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture evenly on greased baking sheet. 

2.  Bake at 300 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until oats are toasted.

3.  Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit. Cool in pan on wire rack. Store in airtight container.