Thursday, May 15, 2014

Super Easy Homemade Granola

We are gearing up to start a new chapter in our lives- parenthood, and starting to think about snacks and meals that will be easy to grab in the first few weeks. Today I decided to make a hearty granola. It is based on a recipe from Ina Garten. I love having granola with a bit of my homemade jam, plain Greek yogurt and cut up fruit. It is packed with protein and delicious!

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and only has a few steps. Ingredients:
2 cups roughly chopped hazelnuts
2 cups roughly chopped cashews
2 cups old fashioned steel cut oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
6 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl, ensuring the honey and oil get evenly distributed. Tip: pour oil first then honey- the honey will slide out of the spoon easily. Spread out evenly on a large sheet pan. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Turn over granola every 5 mins to ensure it gets golden brown throughout. If you skip this part, it might get overdone in some spots.  Remove from oven and let cool completely. Then, you can add anything else you like: dried fruit like cranberries or pieces of mango, or you could add raisins or throw in some chocolate chips. Store the granola mixture in a sealed container; it should last a couple of months if airtight. 


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