Homemade Granola

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I like the idea of granola, but often find the texture stale, and the flavors cloying and artificial. I've wanted to bake some from scratch for quite some time, but I wasn't convinced that it could make that much of a difference. I was wrong. I followed a simple recipe (here)* that promised great results, yet I was still amazed at just how well it came out. The nuts added a hearty crunch and the coconut flakes gave it just the right amount of sweetness and texture to make it the most perfect breakfast/snack/ice cream/yogurt topping ever.

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*I omitted the raisins (I prefer fresh berries) and added 2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

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