Combinations are limited only by your imagination. How about almond extract instead of vanilla? Add spices. A completely organic version, or one using all local ingredients? Let us know what you like in your granola!
Basic Granola Formula
Start with about 8 cups dry to 1 cup wet for a mildly sweet, crunchy granola, but feel free to adjust the proportions to your taste from there.
Dry (choose a few or all):
Rolled oats (5 to 6 parts)
Scottish or steel-cut oats
Almonds, walnuts, pecans
Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Canola, vegetable, or olive oil (1 part) ? (Don't be scared to use olive oil; even extra virgin imparts little flavor on the final product.)
Honey or maple syrup (3 parts)
Also add (per one cup wet): 2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon table salt
Preheat oven to 250° F.
Combine dry ingredients and pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Combine wet and pour over dry, then gently mix. Bake for about 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
After baking, add 1-2 parts dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries, or cranberries.
[From Laura in Colorado...]