HACIENDA HOT SPRINGS GRANOLA
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Obtain 2 cookie sheets and 2 or 3 large, nested stainless steel mixing bowls (available at Smart & Final or somesuch place).
In a medium bowl measure 6 cups of "old fashioned" oatmeal (these flattened oats are also called "oat flakes" - do not use "quick-cooking" oatmeal).
Add 2 handfuls of raw sunflower seeds (or other seeds and/or nuts you enjoy).
Add a dash or two of cinnamon.
Add 2 pinches of sea salt (we recommend Celtic Sea Salt).
In a smaller bowl, measure 2/3 cups of canola or safflower oil.
Add 1 cup of maple syrup (this is the unique flavor we want in the granola).
And add a half teaspoon of vanilla.
Mix the dry ingredients with your hands.
Then, with one hand, gently blend the wet ingredients.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well with both hands.
Pour the uncooked granola onto the 2 cookie sheets and pat down evenly with your hands.
At this point you will want to wash your hands.
Put the cookie sheets into the oven and cook for a half hour. Then take the sheets out of the oven and turn the granola with a spatula (the bottom cooks faster and will be darker).
Bake for another 15 minutes by which time the granola will be golden brown. If you like a more toasted taste bake an additional 5 minutes.
When finished, immediatley shovel the freshly baked granola into a large mixing bowl with a spatula. Avoid letting it cool on the cookie sheet - even a little - as it will stick to the sheet.
Once cooled toss like a salad with 2 wooden spoons to break it up.
Add a couple of handfuls of raisins or any kind of dried fruit you fancy.
Delicious served with your favorite milk and bananas or berries.