7 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts, unsalted
1 cup chopped almonds, unsalted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chopped, dried apricots (about 3/4 pound)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly oil two baking sheets with sides. In a very large bowl or kettle, combine everything but the last three ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup and vanilla and pour over oat mixture. Toss well.
Spread granola on prepared pans. Bake 45 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned, stirring every 15 minutes to avoid burning. Let cool and sprinkle with apricot pieces. Store in air-tight container at room temperature. Makes about 15 cups.