Honey Maple Granola

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, shelled and salted
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarse chopped
  • 1 cup rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2/3 dried fruit
    • I used dried cherries
  • 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar,packed
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
    • I used clear Mexican vanilla
Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl.  In a separate saucepan, mix the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Bring this syrup mixture to a boil for 2 - 3 minutes, then remove from heat and pour over the oatmeal mixture.  Stir until well mixed.  Pour out the mixture onto two parchment paper lined baking sheets and spread it out.  Bake at 250 degrees F and stir every 15 minutes for a total of 1 hour.  For the last 15 minute segment, add the cherries and coconut - divided equally between the two baking sheets.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  It won't really crisp until it cools.  Store in an airtight container once totally cool.