Tropical Granola

Tonight was my first attempt at granola…and it was a huge success!
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Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

In a bowl combine:
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup trail mix (I used almonds, walnuts, cashews, dried papaya, and raisins)
1/4 unsweetened coconut shreds/flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp brown sugar
A pinch of salt

In a separate bowl combine:
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Pour into a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and continue baking, stirring every 5 minutes until golden brown (mine took an additional 10 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying!!

Feel free to substitute any nuts, dried fruits, honey for maple syrup, get creative!

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