This is a very versatile granola. It is customizable to whatever your favorite, fruits, nuts and spices. This version is one of my favorites.
It can be made chewy or if you prefer, crunchy. Both are delicious.
5 cups old fashion oatmeal
1 1/2 cups toasted, shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
1 Tbs pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 cups nuts of your choice (sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans)
2 cups dried fruit of your choice (cranberries, golden raisins, raisins, mango, blueberries, apples)
Spice/Flavor of your choice:
On the stovetop heat coconut oil and honey/agave on medium heat until completely dissolved.
In a large crockpot add oatmeal, coconut, vanilla, flax seed, nuts of your choice, any additional spices/flavors.
Pour coconut, honey mixture over oatmeal and stir well.
Turn crockpot on low. Place lid on top propped open to allow moisture to vent.
Cook for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
After 2 hours, turn crockpot off, stir in dried fruit and let cook for 2 hours. Store in air tight container.
Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks or store in the freezer for up to 2 months to keep fresh.
For crunchy granola, after adding the dried fruit, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, spread granola evenly on the trays. Put in oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring every 15 minutes until it reaches the desired crunchiness.