This time of year I like to make granola. It just seems like a Fall breakfast food to me. Each time I make it, I change the recipe depending on what I have on hand.
I make a lot of this at one time because it keeps very well in a zip lock baggy. I start out with a large container of oatmeal, 3 cups of pepita's, 3 cups of soy nuts, 3 cups of sunflower seeds, 3 cups of slivered almonds and 2 cups of ground walnuts.
Then I added 1-1/2 cups of brown sugar.
And 1 bag of coconut.
Then 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 cup of honey.
Finally add 1-1/2 cups of maple syrup, 2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of nutmeg.
Stir all of this together thoroughly.
Scoop it up and pour it out on foil covered cookie sheets which you've sprayed with cooking spray.
This made 4 large trays or about 32 cups. Bake this at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours stirring occasionally so it browns evenly. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Put it back into bowls and add dried fruits.
I added raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dried blueberries and dried strawberries. I put this in a glass jar and leave it on the kitchen counter so everyone can help themselves. I keep the extras in ziplock bags.