Preheat oven to 300°F.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except dried fruit. Using hands (gloves help), toss to coat dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
Lightly oil a large baking pan. Spread mixture in one layer.
Bake 15 minutes; stir after 10 minutes.
Watch carefully, especially during last 5 minutes, as mixture can easily burn.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Add dried fruit, if desired.
Store in covered glass jar in fridge. Best eaten within a week. Double recipe and freeze.