Adapted sightly from Alton Brown
Makes about 6 cups
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds, slivered or chopped
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup raisins (optional)
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 (if using) and mix until evenly distributed.
This morning, I felt bad for the squirrels. I have had an empty peanut butter jar hanging in my tree for months now. I finally gave in and pulled on my snow boots, pulled out the ladder from the back of the garage, walked through the snow and slush into my backyard, climbed the wobbly ladder and filled the peanut butter jar with fresh crunchy peanut butter. The squirrels were busy feasting all day long. This little guy is my favorite...