A recipe from Alton Brown. When I make it I substitute cranberry raisins for the raisins. Something about raisins conjures up nightmares of Raisin Bran. I think I’m still chewing those raisins from my childhood.  You can easily double this recipe. I also add a some Oat Bran and flax. Just delete a cup of one item on the list below and replace it with the same amount of what you’re adding.  I think it would make a great granola bar but I’ve never tried it.

This is very tasty and highly addictive. I eat it for breakfast or I’ll dump it into a small cup and snack on it. Keep your serving size to about one cup. BE CAREFUL–it also contains mucho fiber. If you eat too much you’ll soon understand why some friends nicknamed it “The Evacuator.”


3 cups rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup cashews

3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.



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