Back in September, my family and I were here:
And it was pretty amazing. While we were in our cabin, my mother-in-law served us some homemade granola for breakfast and I wanted to devour the entire bag in one sitting. Instead, I was a proper human being and ate a portion so that others could enjoy, and asked for the recipe instead.
I decided to try out the recipe and in proper scatter-brained mommy fashion, I was at Trader Joe’s trying to remember the ingredient list and what ingredients I already had at home. Success rate of this constant event? About 25%.
Once I got home, I started the recipe without checking to make sure I had all the ingredients on-hand because 1-there aren’t that many, 2-a proper baker would have most of them in his or her cupboards and 3-I’m a rebel.
Here are the dry ingredients in the bowl. See? So far so good. All the ingredients? Check! I did reduce the brown sugar from 3 tablespoons to 2 since I prefer things on the less sweet side.
Next came time to mix the wet ingredients. I substituted coconut oil for the canola oil. Because the internet told me coconut oil is healthier and can fight the candida that every American has. The next step was to add 1/3 cup of maple syrup, which as all you bakers know is a little under 6 tablespoons. I had about 1.5 tablespoons. No problem, let’s add some honey! Open the cupboard-I had about 2 tablespoon’s worth. OK, now I need to make up the difference….Molasses? Sure! Throw that in. Oh, only 1tablespoon left? Ok. So for all your mathematicians out there, I now have about 4.5 tablespoons of something syrupy and sweet. Good enough.
Now you mix the oil, syrupy goodness and 2 tablesooons of water and heat it up. I had all the wet ingredients in a Pyrex measuring glass and threw it in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds. THIS PART IS REALLY COOL TO WATCH!!!! Once it starts to boil, it looks like a lava lamp. Try to not get sucked in because you might end up with a sticky mess in your microwave. Actually, I have no idea if it would have exploded, but I didn’t want to find out. I tried to take a picture of the cool lava-lampness, but I ended up with a blurry, off center photo. But here it is:
Stir the wet into the dry and spread it out on a pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, which is what I did because I paid for it and I will use it.
Next you bake it at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring exactly every 15 minutes. Which is totally doable in-between the constant “Mommy, may I have orange juice?”, “Mommy, I spilled my juice.”, “Mommy, I have to potty.”, “Mommy, I need help wiping my butt.”.
I stirred the granola when I could. And yes, I washed my hands.
At this point the granola will be a pretty golden brown provided you haven’t burnt it to a crisp after forgetting you had something in the oven. I’m kidding. If you burned the granola which was baking at 250 degrees, you either left it in there for 8 hours or your oven lied to you about the temperature.
See the golden-y goodness??
Now let it cool, then add some dried fruit. I used these:
Oh, look. More coconut to fight your ailments. Have you had these? They’re pretty damn delicious. I cut them into little pieces so that they were more granola-appropriate. I added cranberries too. I like cranberries a lot, but I seem to always forget about them. Unless I’m at a restaurant and every damn salad has them. At that point they’re being shoved in my face and I’m mad at their existence.
I’m not really sure if cranberries and coconuts go together…
So here’s the end result. This, over some greek (or coconut) yogurt is heavenly. I’m about to eat half a bag’s worth.
Easy, Peasy Granola-Courtesy of Vicki Bates
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
- 3 c. Old Fashioned Oats
- 3T Brown Sugar
- 1/2 t. Salt
- 1-2 c. Nuts (I used sliced almonds)
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 2 t. Cinnamon
- 1/3 c. Canola or Coconut Oil
- 1/3 c. Maple Syrup or Honey ( I wouldn’t solely use molasses unless you really like that flavor)
- 2 T Water
Mix the dry ingredients. Combine and boil the wet ingredients. Pour over the dry and spread on a parchment lined pan. Bake for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool and add 1-2 c. dried fruit.