Good granola is a great foodie experience. The best granola I have ever had is from the kitchens of moms, dads, and college students. Homemade granola just tastes REAL. You can taste the nuts, the oats, the fruit, and the spices. All the ingredients are not overpowered by added sugar (or dried fruit with added sugar). For a more decadent treat, you can drizzle agave over the granola, or add shredded coconut, currants and other dried fruit to the top. This can be served as a dessert!
Place nuts and seeds in a large bowl, cover with water and soak overnight
Place raisins in a separate bowl, cover with (½ to 1 cup) water and soak overnight
Place the raisins, along with their soaking water in a food processor and puree until smooth
In a fine mesh metal strainer, drain and rinse the nuts and seeds and discard the soaking water
Add nuts and seeds to raisin puree in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped, to the consistency of granola, then add vanilla, cinnamon and salt and pulse briefly to incorporate these final ingredients
Transfer mixture onto two large parchment lined baking sheets