Stupid Easy Homemade Granola

Sunday, August 10, 2014


So I always heard that making your own granola was super easy, and the people who finally tried it were always found saying something along the lines of, "why would you ever pay for granola again?!" to which I would always respond with a casual, "pfffft, who has the time?" and an eye roll. But seriously guys, why would you ever buy granola again? This is stupid easy (hence the title) and takes so little effort and time. Not to mention that it is less than half the price of whatever granola you're buying, or at least than I was buying. I seriously got a giant barrel of oats for $3.99 and this recipe took about 1/3 of it. Granola for days. Michael tasted some and told me we are never, ever buying granola again. So it's settled.

The thing that is great about this recipe too, is that I totally stripped down and altered this recipe to it's bare minimum to see how the granola would be on it's own without and dried fruits, nuts, or whatever, so that I could go from there if I liked the plain version. What that means is that you can screw with this as much as you want and it'll still be amazing! Please add nuts and fruit and different seasonings and chocolate and yogurt raisins or whatever you want! And of course, let me know how it goes if you try it!






::Ingredients::
-3 cups oats that aren't instant
-1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
-heaping 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 cup honey
-1/4 cup sunflower oil
-1 tsp vanilla extract
::Steps::

1. Preheat oven to 300° with a rack in the middle. 

2. Mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

3. Combine honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl, then pour into oat mixture and fold in until all the oats are coated. I used one of those rubber spatulas for this.

4. Spread out thin on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and stir granola around, turn over, or otherwise mix it. Replace for another 10-15 minutes. Granola should be golden brown.

5. place on wire rack, or oven mits, or just on your counter, to cool, stirring occasionally. Eventually it'll turn into hard crispy goodness. Don't stress if it clumps a lot, I just used a spoon to scrape mine off the cookie sheet and all was well.

Ok that's seriously it! So simple right? Right. Please let me know if you try this out and what you add! M and I have been loving this atop our greek yogurt in the morning. Yum!



Love & Sunshine,
Mariah




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