Measure all of your desired ingredients into a large bowl. Here is what I tend to use: (Involve you child, measuring helps with math!)
1 1/2 C Old Fashsioned Quaker Oats
2/3 C Shredded Coconut
1/2 C Sliced Almonds
3/4 C Pecans
3/4 C Walnuts
1/4 C Wheat Germ (if you have it)
Preheat oven to 400F. In a saucepan, gentle boil 1/4 C. Water and 3 Tbls Brown Sugar for 3 minutes until it begins to thicken. Take off the heat and stir in 1/2 tsp Cinnamon and a dash Vanilla. Slowly pour liquid over dry ingredients stirring the entire time. Lay out single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. Place in hot oven.
Every 5-7 minutes, remove from the oven and stir so nothing burns. Once fragrant, it's about done. It will take roughly 20 minutes. As this cools, it will become crunchy so test a piece to ensure it is crunchy. Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing.
When serving, add any kind of dried or fresh fruit you like, but I encourage you to top to order. Serve over yogurt or ice cream with fresh fruit. Can add milk and eat as a cereal.