I failed to post in 2014. I cooked and baked a lot of things, but I didn’t always get (or remember to get) great pictures. I resolve to do better in 2015 and what better way to prove it than a recipe for homemade granola! Right? Right.
Brent is on a yogurt kick and did not like the fancy, organic, $10 million dollar granola I got him so I decided to make my own.
This was my first time making granola, so I’m the worst hippie ever. I decided to go with a very slightly adapted America’s Test Kitchen recipe because they obsessively test recipes and I trust them. Bonus: this was a no stir recipe. Not a bonus: they don’t publish their recipes without a subscription so I watched a video of the recipe 10 times. Pro tip: write the recipe down as you hear it on the video, like so:
But, let me make this easier for you.
serves 9+ // recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
5 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (the real stuff!)
4 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 or 1 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 325°.
2. Measure out 5 cups of oats. Chop nuts to desired size (I used a food processor to make this easier.) Add to the bowl of oats. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and salt together.
4. Add oats and chopped nuts to the oil/sugar/etc. mixture and stir well to coat.
5. Line a large pan with parchment paper, dump the granola out.
6. Using a spoon or a potato masher, smash down the granola on the pan as much as possible. This will help to create big chunks!
7. Bake at 325 for 40 minutes (it can go to 45 minutes depending on your oven). Rotate the pan once at the 20 minute mark. Take the granola out when it looks brown around the edges and on the top, not too brown!
8. Let the granola cool for an hour on the pan. Then, break it into whatever size chunks you want.
This stuff was tasty. And inexpensive to make. You can use whatever nuts you like and the original recipe also called for adding in raisins or other dried fruit after the granola cooled. Brent is a raisin hater, so I respected his hatred and left this plain. I did try a tiny bowl with some raisins, and it was delicious.
Store for up to two weeks, you hippie.