I love granola. Just love it. I’d been seeing on many blogs about how to make it and I felt like it was troublesome – and also figured that it would take a long time to make it taste good.
However, my husband demolished half the batch, and he doesn’t even *like* granola. He kept commenting on how much fresher it tasted and how stronger the honey flavor was (yes, it’s a strong honey flavor).
Oats are a galactagogue, which is something I’ve been trying to eat more of, so I finally buckled down and made this. I calculated, that based on the prices I buy, this batch cost 50 cents and made more than 2 cups of granola.
2 cups oats (I used old-fashioned rolled oats)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (this was supposed to be 1/2 t cinnamon but I grabbed the wrong jar, so I added another 1/2 t for full cinnamon effect.)
1/6 cup honey
1/6 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I put all the ingredients on a metal baking sheet and mixed by hand on the baking sheet. (You want one with sides, but it can be shallow sides.) Then, I baked at 300 degrees, thoroughly stirred at 15 minutes, and removed from the oven at 25 minutes. It really depends on your desired level of done-ness.
I’m excited to try it again with other things – I’m thinking almond extract would also be a good addition. So many options here! I tried to cool it on the cookie sheet before storing it. I ate my first bowl hot, drizzled with almond milk. Cooling ON the sheet was not a great idea as there are now clumps that are quite stuck. Transferring to a fairly flat storage container would have been better – you do want them to fully cool/dry before putting in any sealed container so they don’t just mold or get soggy. I didn’t get to store any though, because we had the rest for lunch.