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This granola recipe is not only great tasting, it is good for you. And it makes a great gift from the kitchen!
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 80 oz. (5 Lbs) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (not the quick cooking type)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Wheat Germ
  • ½ Cup Wheat Bran
  • ½ Cup Flax Meal
  • ¼ Cup Toasted Flax Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Hemp Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Chia Seeds
  • 3 Cups Raw Pecans
  • 3 Cups Raw Almonds
  • 14 ounces flaked coconut
  • 2 cups dried fruit of your choice such as tropical fruits, cherries or apricots.
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. In a very large mixing bowl combine the corn oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the dried fruit and coconut.
  4. Mix with your hands until well incorporated.
  5. Line 3 large sheet pans with parchment paper.
  6. Evenly distribute the granola between the 3 pans.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 1 and ½ hours until golden brown.
  8. Mix every 30 minutes so that the granola browns evenly.
  9. Cool in the pans. Return the cooled granola to the large mixing bowl.
  10. Add the desired dried fruit and coconut. Mix to combine.
  11. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for several weeks .
This granola keeps well at room temperature for several weeks. But, I promise you it won't last that long! The recipe can be cut in half you'd like to make a smaller batch. If you can't find some of the more exotic ingredients like hemp seeds (sold at Costco) or Chia Seeds (sold at Trader Joe's) it's no problem if you leave them out. I also used the "Toasted Flax Seeds" from Trader Joe's because they have a ton of flavor.
Recipe by After Orange County at