- 10 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 lb shredded coconut
- 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 4 or 5 cups chopped nuts (almonds, pecans and/or walnuts)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 to 5 cups dried fruits (best with a mix of dried fruits)
Preheat the oven to 300F.
Combine in a large bowl oats, wheat germ, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and nuts.
In a saucepan, heat brown sugar, water, oil, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla until sugar is dissolved--do not boil. Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir till well-coated.
Spread on baking sheets with sides and bake 20 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Cool. Add dried fruit.
Store in air tight containers. If stored in a cool dry place will last 6 months. (I've never gotten to test the truth of that statement as it always disappears very quickly in my house.)
Makes 24 to 27 cups of granola cereal.