I often add dried fruit (raisins, pineapple, or cranberries) to the granola. If you do add dried fruit, don’t bake it; stir it into the granola just after you’ve taken the granola out of the oven.
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups bran buds
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 250°. Put the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small pot; heat until warm. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss thoroughly. Spread the granola evenly onto a large cookie pan (you may need two pans, depending on their size). Cook for 1 hour or until the mixture is golden brown, stirring once or twice. Cool completely and store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.
Makes 12 cups.
Granola in the photo has dried cranberries and ginger in it.