This might sound a little odd to some of you but I take inventory in my fridge and pantry. I like to know whats going on with expiration dates, what needs to be thrown out, see if we have enough ingredients to make something, etc. Last weekend, I found a bag of almonds and dried cranberries so I made some granola! (I remember buying them for Christmas so they aren't that old!)
|Imperfectly chopped almonds are the best for granola|
|Ready to bake!|
|The "chop stir" in action|
|Toasty goodness mmm :)|
|I brought this mint ramekin to Andy and he requested yogurt and a larger bowl :)|
Almond Coconut Granola
1 c oats
2 c chopped almonds (or any other chopped nut your prefer)
1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 to 1/2 c brown sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c coconut oil
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c dried cranberries or dried cherries
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and stir to incorporate. In a glass measuring cup (with pour spout) measure your coconut oil and warm in the microwave, enough to turn into a liquid, about 20 seconds. Add olive oil and maple syrup to same measuring cup, totaling 3/4 c liquid. Pour liquid over dry ingredients and stir until all of the dry ingredients are coated. Turn out onto cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven, add your dried cranberries, "chop stir" and bake for another 10 minutes. When it's done baking chop stir again and let cool or have some warm, both are great!
A few things -
I messed up and put the dried cranberries in at the beginning and they are a little too hard after being baked for the full 25 minutes. So don't be like me. Put the dried fruit in at the end or not at all.
"Chop stirring" is what I call using a spatula to chop and break up rather than a traditional circular stir, which would get the granola everywhere.
This took me maybe 10 minutes of prep before the 25 minutes of baking. Parchment paper makes clean up pretty painless too!
Have you made granola before? Easy, right? Yumm...