Recently I have taken to making more of the things we enjoy from scratch. I have been making everything from bread, to macaroni and cheese, to soup, to laundry soap, and more. Each week I would like to take a day a focus on sharing a recipe. This week I am sharing my recipe for granola.
Everything I will be sharing will have a simplified way of doing things and my way which usually involves a couple more steps. When I do it with a couple more steps it is most often to try to bring my ingredients down to the most simple version. We like to know what is in our food here. That is not to say we don’t enjoy our guilty pleasures, we do, in fact we enjoyed the dollar menu at McDonalds today. Anyway even with my additional steps, I still don’t want my recipes to be too complex. I am a mother to three little girls.
Recently in my quest to make more of the things we enjoy I stumbled across a recipe for granola. (You can find the original recipe at The MOM 100 Blog) I couldn’t wait to try it. It appeared to be a simple enough recipe, the only drawback was that it had things listed in the ingredients that we do not care for here. So with some adjustments to make it my own, I gave it a shot. Sure enough I had stumbled onto a winner. Granted this winner still needed some work before we could say it was just right, tweaking and such, but a winner nonetheless. So here you have it my version of warm chewy crunchy granola:
Warm Chewy Crunchy Granola
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large egg whites
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
- 2 cups mixed chopped dried fruit (for example raisins) (optional)
- Parchment Paper (or if you don’t have any, nonstick spray)
- Preheat oven to 275.
- Combine your honey, maple syrup, egg whites, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
- In a separate large bowl add your oats.
- Pour half of your honey/ maple syrup mixture over the oats. Stir well. It should be somewhat clumpy at this point.
- Place parchment paper on your pan. Pour your oat mixture evenly across your pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
- If you are adding dried fruit now would be the item to add it to your honey mixture.
- After your thirty minutes is up, pull your pan out of the oven, and lightly stir.
- Pour the remainder of the honey/ maple syrup mixture on your oats at this time. Lightly stir again to be sure you thoroughly coated your oats.
- Bake again for 40 minutes. (If you used nonstick spray I recommend you stir once half way through.)
- When you pull the pan out let it cool for 5-10 minutes. If you can avoid stealing a bunch at this point I would recommend it as it is VERY hot. Use the parchment paper to lift the granola off the pan. This does two things it will help you 1: break up the granola and 2: pore it into your storage container.
This can safely store in an airtight container for a couple weeks. Although I don’t think it has ever lasted that long in my house, simply because it is yummy for : cereal, snacking, or pairing with yogurt. 🙂 Enjoy. ***If this is something you think you might enjoy or do enjoy please free to share it. And if this is something you want to try, please pin for later use.***