7 cups rolled oats
1 cup toasted wheat germ
1 cup grape-nuts cereal
1/2 cup flax meal
2/3 cup dry soy milk (or dry milk)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar (or natural cane sugar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, add the first six ingredients and stir them to combine. Set the bowl aside.
In a saucepan, add the sugar, oil and honey. Stir this together over medium heat. Continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture begins to boil. Allow this to boil for about a minute.
Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and carefully drizzle it over the dry ingredients. Mix this together to coat all of the dry mixture and then pour the mixture into a 9 inch by 13 inch buttered casserole dish.
Bake the mixture in the oven for 20 minutes. Every five or so minutes, stir the mixture to ensure even cooking.
Remove the casserole dish from the oven. Add the raisins and coconut, if desired. Mix them together to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
Leave the granola in the casserole dish as it cools. Stir the mixture about every ten minutes to keep the mixture from clumping together. When it has cooled completely, store your granola in an airtight container.
Variations: You may change the recipe for this granola by exchanging ingredients. You must have a large base of oats, but the remaining ingredients are interchangeable. You goal is to have at ten cups of dry ingredients for every two cups of sugar/oil/honey mixture.