You know I like to keep it real around here.
So I’m coming clean about making granola.
This took my more times to perfect than I can even count.
Many oats were sacrificed in the process of making this granola.
I’ve want to make my own granola because I am a Granola Addict. It’s a real thing. In college, I pounded back granola as fast as I consumed frozen yogurt.
After college when my plus dollars didn’t seem to work at the grocery and I had to buy my own groceries, I realized two things. One: granola is expensive. And two: it contains a quadbillion grams of sugar.
So, I’ve been on a quest to make my own granola for some time, but every recipe teemed with sugar, butter, and other stuff I didn’t want in my favorite cereal. Now, I’m not against myself some sugar and butter and the like. I’ve been known to frequent my town’s Dairy Queen. Okay, so not me, per se. As I make Dan go get us some delicious frozen treats. But I definitely eat blizzards.
And cake. I’m writing in CAKE in November on my ballot.
Okay, anyway, onto the granola.
So since I plan to eat granola at least once a day, I didn’t want it chault full of sugar and stuff. I’ve got to stay in shape to teach all those BodyStep classes.
After testing and burning a lot of raisins, I came up with something good.
+2 cups rolled oats (NOT the quick cooking kind, the real deal)
+1/3 cup canola oil (No, you do NOT want to use extra virgin olive oil. That turns out yucky.)
+1/3 cup honey (Or maple syrup or agave nector, dealer’s choice!)
+1/2 teaspoon vanilla
+Pinches of the following: salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
+Handful or so of the following (accuracy is one of the strong suits!): walnuts, unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Stir every once in a while – don’t go far while this is baking. It will burn. And you will cry because your kitchen will stink.
Be sure to watch it. My oven runs hot, so I don’t need the full 30 minutes, so be sure to keep an eye on this.
After it’s done cooking (it will look golden brown), let it sit until it cools. It will reach a granola consistency once it sits. Then, add as much dried fruit as your heart desires. Raisins, figs, cherries, blueberries, whatever you like. Do not put the fruit in before or it will burn and stink to high heaven.
I kept my granola plain and served it with fresh fruit. But you can add your to vanilla ice cream or yogurt or whatever you like to top with granola.
Are you a granola eater? Do you make your own? Please share your recipe.