Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simple Granola

For me, there's not a whole lot better than fresh granola on some Greek yogurt in the monring. I've been attempting granola for a couple months now, and I have successfully burned about four batches (I blame the oven). But I attempted a recipe of my own creation today, based off of this recipe from Alton Brown.  I didn't have any nuts in the the house and I'm not crazy about dried fruit, so I kept the granola super simple. If I can do this recipe, I know you can too.

Ingredients:

3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 Cup Dried Coconut (Sweet or unsweetened will work)
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Honey
1/4 Coconut Oil (Vegetable oil will work too)
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon 


Mix oats, coconut, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a bowl. 



Then mix the oil and honey in a separate bowl. I recommend melting the honey a bit in the microwave, so it's easier to mix. 

Mix your dry ingredients into the wet and stir well, so that all the oats are coated.

Pat the mixture onto a baking sheet so it is a thin layer. 
Stick into a 250 degree oven.
All together it will need to bake for about 1 hour, but you will need to stir it every 15 minutes, or it will burn. I have to set a timer to remind myself.
After about an hour, when it looks golden brown, take it out of the oven to cool. 
*It won't feel crispy yet, so don't fear- it crisps up as it is cools.



Tada! You've just made granola! It is perfect to pair with some milk or yogurt and berries. And if you burned it, keep trying, practice makes perfect! I hope your day is full of blessings!
-Cassidy

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