It finally happened. After 8 months of writing my blog I am without words. Writers block. I have been sitting here staring at this delicious picture of granola for a good while now and still can’t seem to come up with a creative way to gush about my new favorite snack. Don’t get me wrong, I have penned numerous introductions that were cute, clever and funny (some of which referenced my life as a “crunchy granola mom“…one of my favorites for sure), but after a few sentences I become stuck. So instead of wrestling with it any longer, I decided to do what comes naturally to me…be honest.
*Sigh*…Now that I got that off my chest, let’s talk about this yummy, crunchy, salty, sweet concoction.
It was love at first bite. I can’t say that I would call myself a granola lover (although I am in love with this granola…[scroll down to #10]), but there is something special about this homemade snack that has got me hooked.
Harper and I went swimming with a bunch of our mommy/baby friends a few weeks ago and a friend of mine had just made a fresh batch. She offered some to the group and Harper and I took a small handful to share. Well, let’s just say I went back for seconds, and thirds, and maybe fourths (don’t judge me…its amazing!). I then begged her for the recipe. The moment she sent it to me my oven was pre-heating and I began tossing my rolled oats in a bath of sugary goodness.
3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons of water
1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar and salt and mix until combined. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine oil, water, and syrup. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture. Stir mixture to coat oats evenly. Spread mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.
Once the granola has cooled, you can mix in any of your favorite additions. One cup of any of the following would be delicious: raisins, dried cranberries, currents, flaked coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, cashews…the list goes on and on. I threw some dry roasted pecans in there. Feel free to make it your own :)
So what’s so great about this granola? First of all the texture happens to be perfect. The crunch meter weighs in at about 5, not too soft and not too “ouch this snack is ripping the inside of my mouth apart” rough. It’s light and airy and almost reminds me of rice cereal (except maybe a few notches more on the crunch scale). Secondly, it has a great balance of sweet and salty. Adding nuts will help to kick up the salt factor a bit, which is a nice compliment to the maple syrup glaze. Lastly, your options of how to enjoy it are endless. Drowning in a bowl of almond milk? Delish. Sprinkled over a spoonful of yogurt? Divine. Shoveled into your mouth by the handful? Why not? And remember, with all of the add-ins, this snack can be transformed a million times over.
Need one last reason to stop what you are doing and get busy in the kitchen? It might just be the easiest thing I have ever made.
Now if you will excuse me, I have some granola to tend to…it’s snack time :)