Honey Almond Granola
We threw an impromptu breakfast celebration today in honor of my boss’ birthday, so I made a great big batch of Honey Almond Granola to bring in along with some fresh sliced strawberries and vanilla Greek yogurt. I love this granola recipe and never get tired of eating it mixed with either plain or vanilla Greek yogurt & fruit for breakfast or on it’s own as a snack.
6-7 cups rolled oats
3 cups chopped almonds
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup honey (buy local!)
3 TB cinnamon
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Tip: abandon your spoon and mix with your hands! This helps mix the honey more evenly and keeps the brown sugar from clumping. Spread granola mixture into shallow baking pans, approx 1.5 inch thick. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 20 mins (or to desired crispiness), thoroughly mixing approx every 20 mins. Allow granola to completely cool (at least an hour) and preferably leave loosely covered overnight to allow any remaining moisture to escape. Once completely cooled, store in a dry, sealed container.
Tip: granola really isn’t a science, it’s all about personal preference! Some people prefer lots of crunch, others prefer granola to be more chewy. Some like plenty of sweetness, others want it to taste more cereal-like. I prefer lots of crunch (the more almonds the better) and I like to be able to really taste the flavor of the toasted oats. Experiment and do some taste testing as you bake & mix. Want more sweetness? Add a bit more honey, brown sugar or better yet, dried fruit! I use dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots and dried blueberries in winter. In the summer, I prefer to use seasonal fresh fruit and mix it in along with some yogurt when I’m ready to eat.
Once you’ve perfected your own homemade granola recipe, you’ll never eat granola out of a bag again! Even my son and my boyfriend like it! In fact, my boyfriend (who’s probably the least “granola” guy you’ll ever meet) was inspired by this granola to develop a ridiculously delicious cookie recipe. In any case, try it out, experiment and let me know what you think!