My son Zach came home the other day and threw a small ziploc bag on the counter. It was filled with granola that he’d made in his food class.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love granola?
I quickly took one little taste and ended up eating almost the entire bag. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. It was a chewy, but not too chewy and sweet, but not to sweet.
I’ve had a hankering for it the last few days so I threw a batch together the other day. This stuff is so simple and super fast to make. You are literally done making it in about 10 minutes. This makes a great snack for your kids to eat after school. I also think it would make a great Christmas gift for neighbors. Just toss some in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around it. . .who wouldn’t love to get a bag of delicious granola? You could even attach a card with the recipe on it. (Um hello! . . . I think I just figured out what I’m going to give my neighbors this year.)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dried fruit ((optional))
- NOTE: This recipe doesn’t make a ton, so I doubled it and was glad I did. Feel free to add in anything you want. I think coconut would be absolutely delicious in this, in fact I can’t believe I didn’t add any in. You really can throw in whatever you would like, it’s completely up to your taste buds. . . craisins, coconut, dried cherries, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add oats then cook and stir until starting to brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and spread out on a cookie sheet to cool.
- Melt the butter in the same pan over medium heat. Stir in the honey and brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Return the oats to the pan. Cook and stir for another 4-5 minutes or so. Add almonds and dried fruit. Pour out onto the cookie sheet and spread to cool.