One of my favourite snacks will probably always be yogurt and granola. It’s smooth, a refreshing, crunchy, sweet – what more could you possibly want? Breakfast, second breakfast, third breakfast, lunch, lupper, fourth breakfast, dinner… you name it, I love yogurt and granola any time of day. Have to share with you all though, once I got a recipe down-pat, I simply cannot bring myself to buy granola ever again. You ready?
What You Need
– 2 cups large whole oats
– 1/3 cup mixed nuts, crushed into small pieces (this creates a little residual nut dust, throw that in there too)
– 2-3 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and Pink Himalayan sea salt, blended well (eyeball it guys, what flavours do you want to taste the most?
– Honey to perfection
What You Do
Pre-heat your oven to 350. Toss in your oats in your favourite bowl. In a smaller bowl, blend your spices well and stir into your oats, followed by your nuts. From there it’s a game of eyeball. Stir in your melted coconut oil well, making sure you’ve got maximum coverage. Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes, the better coated your oats are, the better your granola.
Now, it’s time for the honey! For Christmas, I asked for a jar of local, raw honey in my stocking. Lucky for my mom, I’m easy to shop for and lucky for me, she knows it! This Un-Bearably Good Honey is from Bath, just out side of Kingston, Ontario. Its sweet, not too floral, with a slight spiciness, I think.
The honey and oil together are going to give you that ultimate granola cluster, but you want to use mostly honey (or at least, I do). I pour and stir slowly until I reach a consistency that is sticky, creating small clusters when thoroughly stirred, but not too sticky. It’s a happy medium and you might mess it up a few times, but hey, once you get it, you won’t forget what it looks like. It may also vary for you, how do you like your granola?
On a lined baking sheet, you want to keep your granola close together but spread out evenly into a thin layer. When spread evenly, clusters will form while cooking and cooling. Let your granola dance in the oven for 11 minutes, then let cool.
The longer the better for granola to cool, allowing the clusters to toughen up! I like to lift the granola with a spatula, paying special attention to the clusters.
Tonight – granola was dinner, with some vanilla yogurt, a just green banana and of course, a little more honey