7-D Ranch Granola

This delicious granola recipe is all yours thanks to a lovely woman who has worked at  7-D Ranch, located in the Sunlight basin outside of Cody, Wyoming. Thanks 7-D Ranch, we just love this recipe! 

Makes about 5 lbs. 

1 cup organic sunflower or canola oil
1 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
1 Tbs. vanilla extract 
9 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or any other kind of flour)
1 cup wheat germ, oat bran
1 cup coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 – 1 cup sesame or flax seeds
1 cup raw almonds, cashews, or nut of your choice

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil & sweetener to a rolling boil in a saucepan & stir to combine.
Turn off heat, wait a minute or two & add vanilla, be careful, it may foam up. 

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients & stir it all up.
Keep stirring until all the ingredients are moistened & evenly coated.

Spread the granola on 2 sheet-pans (not a cookie sheet, you need sides).
Bake at 250-275 degrees for about an hour.
Check & stir every 15-20 minutes & rotate pans once during the hour.
When everything is lightly browned & dry, take it out.
Cool the granola on the sheets then dump into a large bowl.
When it is totally cool add:
2 cups powdered milk (optional)
3 cups of raisins, chopped dates, dried cherries, chocolate chips or whatever you wish. 

Stored in airtight containers it will keep for a month.

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