I love the hazelnut granola that I buy locally at Andy's and pay about $5.00 for a fist sized bag. A few years ago I baked my own granola regularly using a recipe that uses applesauce rather than oil. I got out of the habit of making it and bought Trader Joe's instead. A few years a go Candace sent us home from a visit with a small bag of this homemade granola. It was yummy, so I've adapted the recipe fo be similar to what I purchase at Andy's by adding toasted hazel nuts. While traveling we often get up and want something easy to eat as we go, that portion of this batch has tiny chocolate chips added. This with yogurt fills that need well.
World Famous Adair Maple Granola
7 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1 cup toasted coconut
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup almonds, sliced or broken
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped or broken up
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dry milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried raisins
Additional dried fruit/nuts as desired
In a large bowl combine first 7 ingredients, oats through dry milk. Mix well. In a separate bowl whisk the salt, oil, syrup and vanilla. Pour over oat mixture stirring and tossing until everything is well combined.
Spread in a couple of large lightly greased baking sheets, I used parchment. Bake in a 250 oven for 2 hours tossing and stirring every 15 minutes or so. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Transfer to a large bowl and mix in desired dried fruit.
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