Best Granola Ever

This is the best granola we've ever eaten.  The recipe is from a friend a couple of years ago and I've been making it regularly ever since.  (Thank you Heidi!)

Best Granola Ever

Mix together in a big mixing bowl:
4 cups oats (I use the large flake)
1 cup wheat germ
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup coconut
2 tsp cinnamon

In a sauce pan mix:
1/2 cup maple syrup
6 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tsp almond or vanilla extract

Bring saucepan mixture to a simmer over low heat.  Drizzle over oat mixture.  Stir to combine.  Pour onto a greased cookie sheet.  Working a handful at a time, squeeze to form small clumps.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Stir in raisins if desired.  If not adding raisins, still stir it up.  Continue to bake about 15-20 minutes until golden.  Let cool completely and store in airtight container.  When it comes out of the oven, it may seem soft yet, but it will become crunchy as it cools.