Granola/Granola Bars


2 lb rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
1/2 lb coconut, unsweetened
1/2 lb raw almonds, slivered or whole
1/2 lb raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 lb chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 c honey
1 cup sunflower oil
2 tablespoons vanilla
1-3 cups dried fruit


Preheat oven to 275. Mix oats, coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix maple syrup, honey, sunflower oil, and vanilla. Stir well to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring to combine. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake at 275, stirring every 15 minutes, until brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven. Pour fruit on top and allow the pan to sit for 15 minutes until crunchy. Store in airtight container at room temperature or in freezer (not in the refrigerator).

*You really can't mess this up as far as ingredients go. If there is something you don't like, leave it out or replace it with something you like more.

** For granola bars: after the granola cools, add 3 beaten eggs to 3 cups granola. (You could also add dark chocolate chips if you want to add a little sweetness). Pat into square baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Note: the eggs dillute the sweetness somewhat so the bars aren't quite as sweet as the cereal.