recipe by Lori Ross
Makes 4-5 cups
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup each slivered almonds and cashews (or other nuts and seeds such as macadamia, walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut (optional)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (e.g. cherries, cranberries, strawberries cranberries, pears, apples, mango, pineapple)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even golden color. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed. Place in clear glass quart canning jars with screw tops. Tie a ribbon around neck of jar with the granola recipe for your recipient to make their own.