3 C rolled oats
1/2 C unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 C flaked coconut
1/2 C wheat germ
1 1/2 chopped nuts ( almonds, pecans, walnuts ) I used walnuts but almonds are my fav
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t kosher salt ( I lessen the salt to this amt.)
4 T (1/2 stick ) unsalted butter or canola oil
1/3 C pure maple syrup ( I didn't have any but it's better to use the real stuff )
1 t vanilla
1 C chopped dried fruit ( cranberries, raisins ) If you use raisins cover them with water and microwave until plump. This way they are soft in the granola not hard. Trick works well.
Preheat over 350*
In a large bowl, mix tog the oats, seeds, coconut, wheat germ, nuts, cinn, and salt.
In a small saucepan melt butter in the maple syrup over low heat. Stir in the vanilla. Add to the oat mixture. Add 2 T water and stir until well combined. Spread the granola evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake for 25 - 30 min. stirring at 10 min intervals ( very!!! important )
Remove from oven and cool.
For a yummy valentine mix that looks cute and festive I like to add white chocolate chips with the craisins and/or another mix that I really like is peanut butter and chocolate chips with almonds.