Seven base ingredients:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, nuts, and seeds and set aside.
In a saucepan heat the canola oil and honey over medium low heat stirring constantly until the honey and oil are well blended. This should take just about 5 minutes.
Once the oil and honey have blended, remove from heat and quickly pour the oil/honey mixture over the oat combination. Do this quickly before the mixture starts to separate.
Stir the oil and oat mixtures together until everything is well coated.
Spread the granola out onto two large cookie sheets and bake on separate racks in the middle and upper middle portion of the oven.
Bake for a total of 40 minutes. After the first 15 minutes pull both cookie sheets out and stir the granola so the ingredients brown evenly. Place sheets back in the oven on the opposite racks for another 15 minutes. Remove both sheets from oven and stir once again. Place cookie sheets back in the oven on once again the opposite racks for the remaining 10 minutes. Carefully watch to be sure oats do not burn. Oats, nuts, and seeds should be a golden brown color when done. Oven temperature levels may vary so during the remaining 10 minutes make sure your ingredients do not burn. You may need to remove from the oven sooner.
Cool granola on the cookie sheets placed on wire racks. Once cooled, add the dried fruit and mix well. Store in either a zip lock bag with the air removed, or an airtight storage container. Store in a cool dry space.
Other tasty additions: shredded coconut, wheat germ, sesame seeds, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, dried cherries and chopped candid ginger (added any dried fruit after baking). When adding more items to the seven base ingredients, you will need to add a little more oil and honey to the mixture.
An addition for the oil mixture: add 1/3 cup of your favorite jam to the oil/honey mixture. You will need to add about ¼ cup more oil when adding the jam. Heat and stir all three ingredients together until blended. Pour over your oat mixture and bake. The jam adds a nice flavor to the mix.