Homemade Granola


4 C old-fashioned oatmeal
2 C sweetened shredded coconut **
2 C sliced almonds
1 1/2 C dried craisins, chopped ** (can use dried cherries)
1/2 C vegetable oil (like Canola — not olive oil)
1/3 C good quality honey
2 t. ground cinnamon (I used 3 heaping teaspoons)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 large cookie sheets with foil.
** I ADDED THE CRAISINS/CHERRIES AND COCONUT DURING LAST 10 mins of baking time.  Otherwise, they get too hard in the granola mix.
Toss the oats, coconut, almonds and craisins together in a large bowl.  Pour the vegetable oil and honey over the mixture.  Add the cinnamon and stir with a wooden spoon until all oats and nuts are well coated with the liquids.  Pour onto cookie sheets.  Bake, stirring every 10 minutes with a spatula until the mixture turns a nice, even golden brown.  About 25-30 mins.  (my batches are done in 25 mins.)
Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.  Store in airtight containers.
You could always divide this to make less!

This recipe was introduced to me by Janis George, better known as Marmee. It originally comes from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, who always has fabulous recipes.


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