This recipe was developed by a good friend of mine by trial and error. All ingredients can be stored in your food storage! It is fabulous, and your house will smell divine while it's baking. It's great with milk or stirred into plain yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh fruit on top. It's also pretty great just to nibble on for a midday snack.
7 cups rolled oats, or 7-grain rolled mixture
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup nonfat dry milk
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds (omit if you used the 7-grain mix, as it includes sunflower seeds)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons imitation maple flavor
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine first group of ingredients in a large bowl and stir together well. Combine second group of ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour wet stuff over dry stuff and stir until well combined. Divide between three cookie sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Mixture should be soft and moist when removed from oven. Cool. When dry and crisp, put in a plastic container. Yields 19 cups.
Play around with the ingredients in the first group according to what your family likes. 1 or 2 cups of dried fruit is great - raisins, dates, chopped apricots, pineapple, candied ginger, etc. Ground flax seeds would also make a healthy addition.