Oh hi. Happy New Year! I’m baaaaaack. New year resolutions? I don’t really have one, but I do want to just be kinder to myself and others in general. Be more easy going and more present. Let myself and others off the hook more and eat more of this granola.
Granola, glorious, glorious granola. I wasn’t always a huge granola fan until I first had homemade granola. Before that I used to sometimes take tastes of the huge yellow box of granola my mom kept in the snack cabinet growing up. It was so dry and bland and blah. I thought to myself, why do people eat this crap? It tasted and smelled like something a rabbit or a horse should eat. And then walked in the sexy, scrumptious granola that was, homemade. My friend’s mom first made a granola like this and I combined her recipe with Bobby Flay’s mango granola recipe and oh baby, it’s good.
I went on a rant last week about how “anyone who says they truly enjoy having yogurt as a breakfast or a snack is lying!” Unless of course it has this on top. You could even just have this with some milk and a chopped up banana for breakfast or lunch, or super lazy dinner- if you’re into that kinda thang.
Get after it!
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw almonds chopped
- 1 cup raw walnuts chopped
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 4 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 3 tablespoons whole flax seed
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon flakey sea salt
- ½ cup chopped dried apricots
- ½ cup raisins
- Mix together dry ingredients: oats, nuts, flax seed, spices and salt
- Mix together wet ingredients: oils, honey, maple syrup, sugar
- Leave out the dried fruit until done cooking
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread out on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 40 mins, tossing every 8 minutes or so to ensure even browning.
- When it is done, transfer to a cool baking tray immediately to stop cooking. Mix in the apricots and raisins. Toss every 15 minutes or so while it is cooling to break it up and make sure any moisture escapes. Store in an air tight container.