I've tweaked this old church recipe over the years. Hearty and can be used as cold or hot cereal. To make flavored oatmeal add a 1/2 cup of water per 1/2 cup of granola and microwave. We eat this by the handful. Put some in a mason jar and add a ribbon-makes a great new neighbor gift. It never lasts long. I've also used it as a quick top crust for a pie or crisp.
2Combine oats, coconut and nuts in large baking pan. (I always double my batches so I use my large roasting pan.)
3Pour and mix the butter mixture into the oats. Mix until there are no dry spots on the oats. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 mins, stirring every 15 mins.
4Baked granola should have some golden spots but not be so dry that it won't clump. Remove from oven and mix in dried fruits. Immediately put warm granola into mason jars or large jar for storage. Allow to cool without lid. When cool you can break up. Should be moist and crunchy. Store in airtight container.