Jan 1, 2013
Hillary

Honey Granola

Happy New Year!! I feel like 2012 just completely flew by but sitting with Jor last night at dinner, we started recounting all that we had done and all that had gone on during 2012 and it was a packed year! Jor started a new job, I graduated from the Masters program and started the PhD program, we introduced Wally into the family, we took an amazing trip to San Fran, I had my first paper accepted for publication and Jor made huge strides in his own side business! All in all, 2012 was a great year and we are so excited for 2013! I hope you all had a great end to 2012 with close friends and family and were able to ring in the new year in fantastic fashion!

I spent my last few hours of 2012 in the kitchen; seemed very fitting! Jor had been under the weather and so we spent a quiet night in, cozy on the couch with Wally at our feet. In the hopes of helping Jor feel better I made some homemade chicken broth for a hoppin john variety soup, english muffin bread and then my newest granola mix that I am stuck on for the moment. When it comes to granola, I go through phases where I get stuck on a recipe for awhile and continue to make it over and over until I come across a new recipe that has something even more enticing than my current version. What I love about this recipe is that you really get the chunks that everyone always loves to pick out and snack on and it is a perfect balance of sweetness with the cinnamon. Even better, you literally throw/pour everything in the bowl, stir and that’s it! One of the easiest recipes ever! You’re going to want to put this on everything you eat in the morning!

Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

(Adapted fromĀ Honest fare.)

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat your oven to 325. In the time it takes the oven to heat up, you’ll have your granola mixture together and ready for the oven!

In a large bowl, combine the oats through the brown sugar. Give everything a big stir. Add the honey and vegetable oil and with a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients and make sure that all the oats and nuts are completely coated with the honey and oil. It may take a minute or two until everything is thoroughly mixed.

Spray a large baking sheet with a light coating of cooking spray and pour the granola mixture out on the pan. You want to spread everything out as best as you can so that it all gets the perfect crunch!

Pop the granola in the oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes. What I have learned about this granola is that you are always so tempted to check it half way and mix it all around and then pat it out again. Resist the temptation to do that, specifically the mixing half way through the baking time. Instead, rotate the pan half way through, without touching the granola and then at around 20 minutes start checking it to make sure you don’t burn it. Burnt coconut specifically is not the best taste! Once the granola has a light brown, golden color take it out of the oven and let it sit for at least ten minutes. You’re going to want to go right in there and take a pinch but it’ll be even better if you can just wait a few minutes. This resting period is when the crunchy bits and clusters start to form! You would hate to interrupt that for sure!

It’s after the granola has cooled and you transfer it to your storage container that you can then add the dried cranberries. You might find it easiest to pour in the dried cranberries into the container, put the top on and then shake, shake, shake. It helps the cranberries disperse evenly throughout rather than sit at the bottom. You can keep this granola for about two weeks in an airtight container and after about four days or so find a home for the granola in the refrigerator to help keep the crunchiness.

This is such a versatile granola and allows for any combination of nuts and dried fruit. For those that don’t like the same thing week after week, you can certainly mix up your nuts and fruits and it will feel like something new each time! If you are a peanut butter fan you will fall in love with this peanut butter and jelly granola or this more traditional granola is always a winner! But, for now, that’s honey granola…in the shell of a nut!

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