All these leaves in my yard are just waiting for me to rake them BUT they inspired me to make some fall recipes. Aka making some crunchy, scrumptious homemade granola was my excuse to NOT rake the leaves.
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbl packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 300 degrees F
- Mix the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix the honey, olive oil, and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated. I ended up adding a little bit more olive oil…I guess you could say I ran out of patience 😉
- Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet with tall edges. Bake for 15 minutes, stir the mixture around and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until it’s a light golden color. It will feel soft when you take it out of the oven but it will harden as it dries.
- Let the baking sheet with granola cool to room temperature. Occasionally stir the granola on the pan as it cools so it doesn’t clump to the baking sheet.
Waa-laa!! Some amazing granola for Autumn! Warning: when you open that oven to stir the granola at the fifteen minute mark, you will be hit with an aroma of that reminds you of sitting by a fire, with a warm, suede blanket and a glass of wine…and of course, it will remind you of golden, crunchy granola.
Additions/Variations to Homemade Granola
- Dark chocolate chips (my all time favorite)
- Fruit: cranberries, raisins, dried fruits
- Extra nuts: Pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan
- Other Grains: Quinoa, wheat germ, wheat bran
- Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax, sesame seeds
- Spices: cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger
- Nut spreads: peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter
This granola can be eaten just out of the tupperware for a quick snack but I also like to use it in other ways. Just add some milk to the granola for a bowl of cereal with some blueberries or raspberries on top.
I’ll add it to some plain Greek yogurt topped with fruit like a cut up banana or some blueberries. The granola already has honey/brown sugar so you won’t need to get flavored yogurt to add sweetness. Getting the plain greek yogurt versus the flavored kind cuts down on a LOT of sugar intake.
In a pint of plain greek yogurt, there is 36 grams of sugar. In a pint of Vanilla flavored greek yogurt, there is 108 grams of sugar! HOLEY MOLEY IS CORRECT!
What’s your favorite topping for granola? [besides dark chocolate…because that is already mine 😉 ]
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