I don't like to label things, and that includes my food. Who says granola is just a breakfast food? I happily have it for dinner and find it delicious. Breakfast foods in general are so good (am I right?) that there's no way I'm restricting myself to only eating them once a day.
Now I'm no chef in the kitchen but for the last few years I've been making some really tasty granola using a basic recipe that can easily be chopped and changed to suit my mood. I've had a few people ask me for the recipe so I thought hey, why not share the granola love?
You will need:
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons of honey
Cinnamon *optional and to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees (340F). On my oven I have a specific baking setting that distributes the heat evenly from above and below, so choose the equivalent for your oven if you have that option. If not the recipe should still work just the same.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until everything sticks together and there are no more loose oats. Line an oven tray with baking paper and spread your mixture on the tray so that everything is fairly evenly distributed. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until it's looking golden and tasty.
Depending on the strength of your oven (mine is freakishly powerful) and how crunchy you like your granola, you might want to change around the cooking time. Personally I like my granola clusters a little soft in the centre, but this is coming from a person who likes almost all sweet foods ridiculously undercooked. Seriously, I like my cookies so undercooked that they're basically just dough.
Once out of the oven leave your granola to cool, then use your hands to break the granola into more manageable pieces. Next, channel your inner Pinterest and toss your baked goods into a super cute jar and store in the fridge.
Allergies or Intolerances? I've got you covered.
Here are some ideas for how you can spice up this ridiculously easy recipe or change it to suit you.
Binding ingredients (to replace honey):
-Almond Butter (really any kind of nut butter)
-Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed)
-Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, macadamias)
-Shredded or desiccated coconut
-Cacao Nibs (or choc chips)
-Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, figs, apple etc)
If you make this granola let me know, I'd love to just convert a whole bunch of people to my dark side and we can all eat granola together for dinner. Ah, in a perfect world...