For some reason, lately I have been really into oats. I was never a fan of oatmeal growing up and I don’t think I’ve ever even tried store bought granola. Cookies were about the only form of oats I thought about making. But why would I not make something that is so simple, healthy, and delicious?
I loosely followed Alton Brown’s granola recipe, but what I love about granola is how you can really add just about whatever you think will taste good in it. I didn’t add any fruit because the granola will last longer without it and I wanted to just be able to top it with whatever fresh fruit I have around.
The recipe (my first attempt at homemade granola):
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups old fashioned oats, 1 cup chopped cashews, 1 cup chopped almonds (or you can buy them slivered) and ¼ cup light brown sugar.
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mixed it well. Then spread it out on a baking sheet (I did it in two batches since I had quite a bit) and drizzle honey all over it (because, well, you only live once). Bake at 250 for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
This morning I had some with milk and fresh blueberries. I kept adding more and more blueberries because they were amazing in it. I think I have a new favorite breakfast.