makes nine half-cup servings
4-1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/3 c. sliced almonds
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 c. apple juice (or orange juice)
1 T. vegetable oil
1 cup mixed dried fruit (e.g., raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries)
Preheat oven to 350.
Stir together oatmeal, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, juice, and oil; pour over oatmeal mixture and stir to coat thoroughly.
Spread mixture in an even layer onto a 15x12 baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring twice during baking time.
Cool mixture in pan before adding dried fruit. Store in airtight container.