3 cups reg. rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup regular wheat germ
3/4 cup chopped or slice almonds
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups of any one or mix of the following: chopped dates, raisins, currants, chopped dried apricots, or chopped dried peaches
1 cup of any mixture of the following: shelled sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or chopped pecans, peanuts, or cashews
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a large 16x11x2 inch baking pan with solid shortening and set aside. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.
In a small saucepan, combine honey and oil; heat gently to dissolve honey. Pour honey mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring well to thoroughly coat and mix.
Spread the mixture evenly over the baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until toasted to your liking. While baking, stir with a spatula every 5 minutes.
As granola cools, add the chopped dried fruit. Cool well and store at room temperature in an 11 cup airtight container.