This is my husbands favorite breakfast cereal. Also good eaten out of hand. This is one that my mom was famous for. I usually use pecans or walnuts but almonds would also be good. Use a combination of whatever nuts you like.
- 10 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1⁄2 lb flaked coconut
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 3 cups nuts, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 cups vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1⁄2 cup molasses
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- raisins (optional) or other dried fruit (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300* F (150* C).
- In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and nuts.
- Blend well.
- In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Heat until sugar is dissolved, but do not boil.
- Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well-coated.
- In several batches, spread onto baking sheets (with rim) in a thin layer.
- Bake 60 minutes, stirring every 15 until dry.
- Add raisins or other dried fruit, if desired.
- Store in airtight containers in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.