So, Ben Afleck was over and next thing you know, my granola went missing. So, like, everyone was looking for it, and they were accusing him of eating it and then the big plot twist was that…..
Okay, that didn’t happen. The truth is, I don’t know what happened in Gone Girl because I’m in line at the library to rent the book. I don’t want to see the movie before I read it because I like to use my imagination to picture people and voices. (I’ll probably keep Ben Afleck) Please, please, please don’t be a big fat fun wrecker and ruin it for me. I’m emotional, I’d probably cry about it.
The name of this granola was up for debate. I voted for Habit-Forming-Crack-Granola but Maggie said it was a little offensive.
It is really good. It is “Girl Dinner” good. It is “eat it dry hiding in the pantry” good. It brings out a selfish and greedy side of me that I’m not proud of.
It is sweet and salty. It’s light and crispy and studded with chewy and tangy dried cranberries. It tastes toasty with just the right amount of spice to give you that comfort feeling on these cold fall days. It’s so good, it’s gone.
First, roll call:
Oats, almonds, chia seeds, flax seed mill, pecans, honey, a little brown sugar, coconut flakes, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and honey. It’s a cast of characters that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. You simmer the honey, sugar and oil and pour it all over your dry ingredients and bake it all spread out over two sheet pans. All EXCEPT the dried cranberries. Those get added half way through the baking to avoid burning them. Divas.
After you add the cranberries, you give it all a good fold and spread it back out to toast up for about 10 more minutes. Don’t go and get distracted! You will burn it, and you will eat it anyway because it kind of tastes good burnt….but try not to.
It tastes best with some cold almond milk, or as the much needed crunch over a bowl of oatmeal, or on ice cream (I’ve done it) or basically eating it dry. It’s just awesome.
I couldn’t really even tell you how long it keeps. We’ve gone over this. It’s never lasted more than two weeks. So, let me know if you ever have some spoil. Tell me how long it took. I made mine on monday and it’s already…you guessed it…gone.
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 dashes of ground cloves
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cranberries (split between two trays)
- Preheat oven to 325 and place your racks in the middle and upper third of the oven.
- prepare two large baking sheets by covering them with parchment, set aside.
- Chop up the nuts into small pieces, I just buzz them in my food processor really quick.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except sugar and dried cranberries.
- in a small saucepan, simmer your oil, sugars and honey and then add the vanilla.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir until it's all moistened.
- Spread out evenly on two large baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 10 min.
- Add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries to one tray, fold it with a rubber spatula and flatten back down. Repeat with the other 1/2 cup on the other tray and switch racks to cook for another 10-15 min.
- It is done when it is all a nice golden brown. Don't over cook!
- This can be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks...if it lasts that long.