preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the oats and nuts(the first 4 ingredients).
in a medium bowl, mix the remaining 8 ingredients.
pour the contents of the medium bowl over the oat/nut mixture.
I usually start out mixing with a spoon, and then once the majority of the moisture has been absorbed, I start mixing with my hands.
once this is thoroughly mixed, spread out on to 2 large cookie sheets, place in the hot oven, turning the temperature down to 225 degrees for 30 minutes. (this first 30 minutes crisps and browns the granola).
at the end of the first 30 minutes, gently stir granola and leave in 225 degree oven for another 30 minutes.
after the second 30 minutes is over, repeat gentle stirring and leave in 225 degree oven for another 30 minutes.
after the 3rd 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the granola cool inside the closed oven.
this oven time at a low temperature is a drying process. make sure that your granola is dry before placing it in storage containers. this can be frozen for several months, if you can keep it around that long!