Vermont Maple Granola

7 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup almonds, sliced or broken up
1/2 cup dry milk or dry soy milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tbs. vanilla

Optional Ingredients:
1 cup toasted coconut
1 cup dried fruit of choice

In large bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, nuts, optional coconut and milk powder. Mix well. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the salt, oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour over dry mixture in bowl, stirring and tossing till everything is very well combined.

Spread granola on a couple of large, lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for 2 hours, tossing and stirring mixture every 15 minutes or so. Remove pans from oven and cool completely. Transfer granola to a large bowl, and mix in dried fruit, if desired.