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The whole house will smell divine as the aroma of cinnamon and maple syrup wafts through the air while this bakes.
I like to use 1 cup dried apple rings, 1/2 cup craisins, and 1 cup dried apricots, but pick your favorite fruits in any proportion.
This is also excellent with coconut tossed in after baking.
4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup grapenuts cereal
1 1/4 cups wheat germ
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups dried fruits, chopped
1. Combine all ingredients except dried fruit in a large bowl; mix well.
2. Spread cereal mixture onto 2 9 X 13 baking sheets and cook for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Watch that this does not over brown or it will be bitter.
3. Mix cereal mixture around and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool on wire racks.
4. Add chopped dried fruit, mix well. Store in an airtight container.