The most important thing to know about making granola is the ratio of wet/dry ingredients. I learned this from one of the best "cooking-from-scratch" recipe books, More With Less! Knowing this, and the basic method, you can change ingredients and tweak the recipe to your own taste. The dry ingredients would mostly be made up of your oats, of course, but could also include nuts, seeds, freshly ground flax seeds, wheat germ or bran, unsweetened coconut, wheat flour, other fresh whole grain flours, spices. The wet can include your choice of sweetener(s) (honey, molasses, maple syrup, pomegranate molasses, agave, applesauce, fruit sauce, apple butter, apple juice concentrate, etc), fat (coconut oil, canola oil, walnut oil, butter, peanut butter, etc) and other flavorings (vanilla, etc). I do not include the dry fruit as part of the dry ratio because I add these at the end of the baking.
4 1/2 cups old fashioned cooking oats
1 cup coconut (shredded, un-sweet)
1 cups chopped nuts
1/2 c freshly ground flax seeds
*note: I choose my spices and add these to the wet ingredients instead of adding them here.
In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, stir until blended:
1/4 c. molasses
1/4 c. oil
1 T. cinnamon (or other seasonings)
1 tsp. salt