This was something I knew I could make but needed a basic recipe to go by. After doing some research on the interwebs I found a recipe I could use as a starter (and believe me, there wasn't much out there).
I added a few things of my own, but basically left the recipe as is. Next time I think I may add some maple syrup, or maybe some brown sugar in place of some of the honey.
This took a little over an hour to bake, and prep was like 10 minutes (if that). I can see myself eating this as a snack, or even for breakfast. It keeps for 2 weeks stored in an airtight container or ziplock.
(Modified from Anson Mills Recipes)
3 cups Anson Mills Oats (not instant, I just used regular 'ol oats with the old man on the box)
2 cups raw, sliced almonds
3/4 cups sweetened coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
3/4 cup raw, hulled sesame seeds
3/4 cup dried cranberries (I used cherry flavored Craisins)
1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Place an oven rack in the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place the oats, almonds, coconut, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds,dried cranberries,chocolate chips, and spices in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat until the butter melts. Stir in sea salt and vanilla. Remove from the heat.
4. Pour the hot liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the dry ingredients are evenly moist.
Turn the granola onto the prepared pan and press firmly with an offset spatula to create an even layer, about 1/2 inch thick. Bake until the granola is firm to the touch and a deep golden brown, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. (The granola will become crisper as it cools.)
Cool in the pan, then lift an edge of parchment and break the granola into pieces.