I have finally gotten there: The Perfect Granola! A lot of this recipe is not so rigid; so use up whatever nuts and dried fruits you have in your house (I know that my drawer is a lot cleaner right now.)
Save for a day when it's not too hot to bake. :)
(*adapted from Miss Dahl's Voluptous Delights, by Sophie Dahl)
3 c. oats (rolled ones, not that instant crap)
1 c. assorted nuts (I used cashews and almonds here; can also be a little less)
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1/2 c. honey or agave nectar
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. raisins, dried cherries, craisins, dried apricots cut up, etc- your choice!
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, and spices. Then add the honey and the oil, and mix to combine. Then add the vanilla and mix again. Try to make sure that all of it gets a bit wet.
Preheat the oven to 350*, and spread the granola mixture onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Bake for around 20 minutes, until the granola turns a golden brown. Watch it though! If it bakes too long, it will burn. (while my husband likes this, it is not my favorite) After it is done baking, add the dried fruit, and mix together. Store in a giant airtight container, and serve with milk and fruit, or whatever else you like with cereal.