Granola This, Granola That

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If you love carbs as much as I do, then you know how much of a lifesaver granola can be when you need a quick carb fix (symptoms include the shakes paired with extreme cravings of cookies, pizza, doughnuts, and cereal). It’s also more politically correct for you to have a baggie of granola to snack on at work than garlic breadsticks… We’ve all been there.

Granola is a staple in my home – we eat it every day. We love it so much that we have cultivated and perfected our own delicious granola recipe. And, might I say, our granola is magical. I’ve decided to divulge this secret recipe with you today because, well, I shudder to think of what store-bought granola you torture yourself with. I’M HERE TO SAVE THE DAY AND TAKE ALL OF THE CREDIT. You’re welcome.

Granola

Ingredients:
6 cups old fashioned oats
1 Tbsp sugar in the raw
2 Tbsps flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
¼ cup safflower oil
1 cup variety of nuts (optional)
½ cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/3 cup dried fruit (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Yes, you must have an oven for this endeavor.

Roast the oats on sheet pan lined with wax paper for 9 minutes, stirring the oats every 3 minutes. On the last interval, add the nuts on top of the oats so they can be roasted, but not burned.
IMG_9972 (2)You should note that wax paper is sometimes a jerk and likes to burn in the oven. I suggest cutting off as much excess wax paper as possible, unless you like setting off fire alarms. Whatever floats your boat.

Put the roasted oats/nuts in a bowl, mix in shredded coconut (a delicious option), and set aside.

Mix the liquid ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then, add sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the liquid mix.

Add the roasted oats mix to the liquid ingredients.
Don’t be silly and read this as “COMBINE HOWEVER YOU WANT.” No. You must add the dry to the wet ingredients. Please actually use these directions.

Spread mix onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper.
You should use a new piece of wax paper here, unless you’d like to see what a bonfire looks like inside an oven. Not pretty.

Roast mix for 9 minutes. Stir mix on pan.

Roast for an additional 4 minutes. Yes. It’s worth it.
Let dry/cool. At this point, dry fruit may (and should) be added to the mix.

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Voilá. You have delicious granola. We like to package our finished granola in the most elegant fashion – a one gallon Ziploc bag. This is highly recommended – who has time to open a tin canister every time the carb cravings start?

No, this isn’t the simplest recipe in the world, but I’ve been told that the greatest things in life take work. Yeah, I just went all Mommy on your asses. But believe me, this granola is totally worth it – it’s not too sweet and won’t slice up your mouth if you shovel it in. So, try it out!

Post and photos by Grace Tweedy.