Vanilla Granola with Dried Fruit~

Adapted from All That Splatters~

4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

2 cups slivered almonds

1/2 cup brown sugar

Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons vegetable oil (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups dried fruit (I used dried cherries, cranberries and diced apricots)

Preheat oven to 300º.  Cover two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil (or spray with nonstick vegetable oil spray). Set aside.

Mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Combine the oil, honey and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir till well combined.

Divide mixture between the two baking sheets.  Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Remove from oven when golden brown and mix in dried fruit.  Cool on rack. Store at room temperature or freeze in an airtight container.

Makes about 6 cups.