Christmas Granola

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about 8 cups
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Catherine Boeckmann
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Christmas Granola

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This recipe, passed down from my mother-in-law, is both healthy and tasty! I called it "Christmas Granola" because I make it for Christmas gifts (neighbors, teachers, services), but it's a good granola to eat all year round.  I just add cranberries or red berries for a festive flair!

Note: I do not add nuts because too many people are allergic. Instead, I use little extra "wet" ingredients to make it nice and chunky (not too dry). I found all ingredients in my big grocery store--a couple were in the "organic" aisle.

Ingredients
6 cups oats (old-fashioned, not quick oats!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup wheat germ (buy "toasted")
1/2 cup flaked coconut (buy a bag of "flakes unsweetened")
1/3 cup flaxseed meal (whole ground) or sesame seeds
1 cup pecan pieces or almonds (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Dried chopped fruit--cranberry, apricot, etc. (Try "berries & cherries" Mariani brand)
Instructions

Use a big roasting pan--or two 8 x 10 pans (or 9 x 10)

Spread the oats in pan and bake 10 minutes at 350°F.

Mix up dry ingredients in one bowl (excluding fruit) and wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then mix together, and put in pan.

Bake 20 minutes at 325°F. (After 10 minutes, stir.)

Remove from oven, drop in fruit, and stir very, very lightly.

Let sit, cool until very cold, take spatula, and chunk up a bit.

Store in fridge.