I have been making granola for years. I remember eating granola my mother made when I was growing up. I have tried many variations of granola, this is the one I keep going back to again and again. This is the basic recipe that my mother made, with modifications. My mother has modified it and then I have taken it and modified it even more for our family tastes. It is an extremely versatile recipe.
8 cups or 1 small box Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup wheat germ, and/or 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 cup dried milk
1 cup All-Bran cereal, ( Fiber One cereal is the same thing)
1 small pkg coconut
1 cup nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts (your choice)
Combine the above ingredients and toast in large baking pan at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes.
Combine in saucepan
1/2 cup oil (your choice really, my standard is coconut oil)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Heat over low heat until brown sugar (and coconut oil, if using) dissolves, then add 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Toss sugar mixture with oat mixture.
Bake 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.
When cool add in dried fruit if desired. I love craisins and dates.
Store tightly covered.
Since this makes a fairly large batch, I tend to divide it and freeze half. We eat this with milk in the morning. I add it to my yogurt and some frozen fruit to make parfaits. We put it in baggies and eat it dry, as a snack,. Enjoy!