Here's another favorite of mine that always, always fits the bill when the weather starts changing. It's great with milk for breakfast, over yogurt or on fruit, and even tasty sprinkled over ice cream. I'll warn you now--you will either need to do a half recipe, split the recipe across two 9x13 pans or use a roasting pan (which is what I use). A full recipe is a lot of yummy-ness--but you could share! I've been known to share with friends and neighbors as gifts...It is so fantastic! Here you go:
8 C. Regular (not quick cooking) Oatmeal
1 C. sweetened coconut flakes
Spread in a large pan (see above recommendations). Bake at 300 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 C. honey
2 tsp. vanilla
Heat until brown sugar dissolves. Add vanilla. Pour over dry mixture; stir well. Bake 20 minutes. Add 1 C. wheat germ. This is where you would add anything else you want--raisins, slivered almonds, pecans,craisins, other dried fruit... Stir every 10-15 minutes as it cools. If you fail to stir it frequently as it cools (like I did the first time I made it...) you WILL have one giant piece of granola! :) If that happens, just pop it back in a warm oven and let it warm the sugar once more and then it will be soft enough to stir! Enjoy!