This is absolutely wonderful! I don't think my husband will ever let me buy a box of cereal again!
As many others, I used the recipe as a reference, but substituted different ingredients according to my tastes (I used craisins, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut in one batch and almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and chocolate in the other). I'll continue to make this with different variations so as to always have something new.
I followed the cooking instructions in the "Great Granola" article on this site to cook it on 300 for 30 minutes, then add the craisins, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax seed (1/2 cup), and cook it for 15 more minutes. It came out perfect! Thanks for the tip about it hardening as it cools and not as it cooks. . . I would have been worrying that it wasn't done yet because it was still soft in the oven. It's done when it's golden brown.
My 4-year-old usually won't eat cereal, but she gobbled a bowl of this up in minutes. Adding some chocolate chips right after it comes out of the oven and mixing it in makes it taste like cookies, which is a great way to get a whole lot of healthy ingredients down a picky eater.
Be sure to add some ground flax seed since it adds a whole lot of nutritional value and a bit more flavor. I also followed the suggestion to use coconut oil (I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of olive oil), and I think that it gave it a nice touch, plus the fact that it's a lot healthier than vegetable oil.
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This is absolutely wonderful! I don't think my husband will ever let me buy a box of cereal...