This particular recipe is based on one from my wife's great-great grandmother. Of course, she used a homemade crust, and we made some other changes, as well.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 cup margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup uncooked regular oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Step 2: Prepare the Filling
Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the oatmeal and coconut and spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Lightly toast in the oven (about 8-10 minutes). Watch it carefully, you don't want it to burn. Cool completely.
Make sure the margarine is cooled, then beat it, the sugar, and the dark corn syrup until the sugar dissolves.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Add the oatmeal/coconut mixture and fold together well.
Optionally: Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
Pour the finished mixture into frozen pie shell.
Step 3: Cook
Remove fromt he oven and allow to cool.
Step 4: Serve and Enjoy
Either way, when the pie has cooled completely, cut and serve.
As you can see from the pictures, we learned an important lesson in making sure we can find our pie wedge when it's time to serve. :)