18 ounces of old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
a few dashes of your favorite spices
1/3 cup veg. oil
1/2 cup honey (more or less depending on your desired level of sweetness...I tend to use less)
4 T. molasses
4 T. maple syrup
2 T. vanilla
In a microwave-safe dish, heat the oil, honey, molasses, and syrup until it is thin enough to stir and combine. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over the top, and stir to combine. Bake at 300 degrees on a foil-lined baking sheet (or a heavily sprayed sheet - it'll stick) for about 30 minutes. This is the hardest part, as sometimes it cooks faster/slower, so check and stir every 5 minutes or so. It will not be crunchy when it's done, just lightly browned. Allow to cool, and it will become nice and crisp!
For the Rocky Road, add 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the wet mixture. After baking, stir in 1/4 cup of marshmallows and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips stirring to combine.
Other variations: dried cherries and chocolate chips, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, candied or dried fruits.