5 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup non-fat dry milk
1 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2-2 cups dried fruit, chopped
1 cup organic flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup vegetable or peanut oil
1 cup honey
For dried fruit, we like a combination of dry apricots, sliced dehydrated bananas, Craisins, raisins, chopped dates, etc. Use what you like best.
Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl and mix well. Warm the oil slightly and mix with the honey. Stir over the granola all at once and mix well using a large wooden spoon.
Spread on oiled cookie sheets or roasting pans and bake (in about 3 batches) at 300F for 20 minutes, turning over in pan halfway through the cooking time. Bake until granola is a nice toasty brown.
Allow to cool thoroughly before storing in airtight containers.
Note: We sometimes add a teaspoon of pure almond extract or ground cinnamon to the oil/honey as a variation. Half of the oil may be substituted with non-hydrogenated virgin coconut oil (found in health food stores and some supermarkets).