I know I made granola bars just a couple weeks ago, but I still wasn't satisfied with the softness of the final product.
When it comes to granola, I like a good solid crunch. I crave that toasty flavor. And don't even get me started on the nuts. Lots and lots of nuts.
Since the granola bars didn't completely fill the crunchy-toasty-nutty criteria I set, I decided to make plain old granola. You know, the kind you can grab a handful of and really sink your teeth into.
SUCCESS! Boy did this recipe fill my crunchy-toasty-nutty void...to the tenth power. You can serve it a zillion ways: stirred into yogurt, sprinkled on your morning bowl o' oats, mixed into a peanut butter-banana sandwich, or as an ice cream topping.
But me? I like to eat it plain and simple...one handful at a time.
Of course you can dress this recipe up with your tasty preferences (one of the beauties of granola). And I promise: If you crave the crunchy-toasty-nutty kind of granola, this recipe will certainly not disappoint.
Bonus holiday gift idea: Load your granola up in a clear jar (recycled nut butter jar?) and include it in a small basket with some sugared pecans, a cute tea towel, and a gift card to your local health food store.
Now, let me leave you with something to look forward to: Oreo Truffles will be made--and promptly eaten--on Saturday. Holy yum, I can hardly wait.
(Hungry Spoon original)
This granola makes a great yogurt mix-in, but my favorite way to eat it is one dry spoonful at a time :)
- 3 cups of oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 TBSP honey
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: Dried cranberries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet (or two) with cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flaxseed, coconut, and nuts. In a small bowl, combine the oil, honey, and extracts. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
3) Place granola in a single layer on baking sheet(s). Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and toss/stir. Bake for another 5 - 10 minutes, or until toasty. Be sure to check back often! It can get too toasty (read: burnt) very quickly! Stir in cranberries when granola is finished baking.