Neysa's Granola

This granola recipe is courtesy of my former boss Neysa! I don't remember how this came about, I know that she had made it and became addicted to eating it with homemade yogurt and I think that the smell of deliciousness wafted from her office to mine and then I stole her purse and said sent her an anonymous ransom note (I loooove cutting individual letters out of magazines!) and then she turned in the ransom (the recipe) and I put her purse in one of those barrels around a St. Bernards neck and sent him to her office to return it. Then I went home, made it and basked in the tastiness.

It also makes a great gift for people who have everything (since they'll consume it).

here's her recipe and my modifications in parenthesis:

3 cups large flake oats (bulk section of whole foods or a natural foods store)
1 1/2 cups barley or rye flakes
1/2 cup oat bran (bulk or sometimes boxed by cereal isle)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 t salt
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans or almonds- I loooove it with sliced almonds)
1/2 c pumpkin seeds (I don't add this much, but it is good)
1/2 c flax seeds (I'm iffy on these, I know that they're great for you, but I'm not huge on the taste- I still use some though)
1/2 c veg oil
1/4 c water
2/3 c honey, maple syrup (or agave)
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c dried berries (cherries, cran, raisins, etc)
(2 T cinnamon)

In a large bowl, combine all dried ingredients except berries. In smaller bowl, whisk, oil, water, liquid sweetener and vanilla. Combine wet and dry together. I add 1 T of cinnamon into the batter and then sprinkle more on top (I likes me some cinnamon).

Spread mixture onto two baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 10 minutes, stir and cook for another 10 minutes. If you like it crunchy, bake another 10 (I end up baking for an hour and stirring every 15 minutes or so- I either like it really crunchy or Neysa has a warp speed oven!)

Cool and stir in berries. Sealed it keeps for up to a month.

Thanks again, Neysa!