Homemade Granola

I think it’s fun to combine different elements from different recipes, tweak and fine-tune and come up with something that feels all your own.  It became a tradition at the end of every school year to make homemade granola to take with us on our family vacation.  So, whether we have a vacation planned or not, this time of year I feel the need to make my granola.

5 cups rice krispies
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rough chopped pecans
2 cups raisins
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup craisins
1 cup chopped dried apple
2 Tbl cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.  In large bowl, mix together rice krispies, oats, wheat germ, almonds, pecans, raisins, coconut, dates, craisins, apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together.  Add maple syrup, salt, and vanilla.  Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly combined.  Spread out evenly on two cookie sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray.  Bake for 8 minutes, remove and gently stir and spread out again.  Bake another 8 minutes, remove, gently stir and spread out again.  Bake 8 minutes more.  Remove and cool completely.  Store in airtight container.  Eat as a snack, in a bowl with milk or on top of ice cream, yogurt, you decide.  We think it’s yummy!

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