For the past 16 years, I have eaten the same breakfast every day at work. A standard size bowl of blueberries, half a banana sliced, yogurt, an array of cereals and dried cranberries. Boring right? It was time to take breakfast to the next level and leave the boxed cereals behind with this easy granola recipe.I love using granola in various ways. It doesn’t always have to be a standard yogurt topping. We have thrown it on things that you wouldn’t normally put granola on ……like chicken. Ya…. CHICKEN.I have been making granola since my friend Eve brought her homemade stuff into the office (which I like to steal).
Buying granola is the easy way out. Not everyone has time to make their own granola – and that’s perfectly understandable but here are some top reasons to DO IT YOURSELF.
1. It’s so much tastier, because you can use fresh organic ingredients and get creative to have the mixture be exactly the way you like it.
2. It’s super de duper easy. Here’s a question. Can you put things in a bowl and stir them? Uh huh. You are now a skilled Granola maker….certification not required.
3. It requires a few kitchen tools and I’m fairly POSITIVE you have these: a bowl, measuring cups, a spoon, a pan, an oven – you do have an oven right?
4. It’s money saving. I don’t know about you but I would rather have a boat load of homemade granola v.s. a tiny cellophane back of the processed stuff.
5. Making Granola will make your entire home smell like HEAVEN. I’m not kidding. If you are trying to sell your home – make granola prior to the showing.
On another subject, check out the beautiful silver spoon that I received as a birthday gift (also from my friend Eve). Stunning right? These and many other beautiful wares can be ordered @forsuchatimedesigns on → Etsy. I just love Aly Nickerson’s work and have custom ordered spoons my family and friends.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup sliced almonds, or any other nut hanging around
- ½ cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened and totally optiona)
- ¼ cup unsalted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) or shelled sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoons oil (coconut, safflower or vegetable)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup dried fruit (such as apricots, cherries, cranberries, raisins, or currants)
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.
- Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool.
- I told you it was easy.