October 11, 2013

Totally Oatally Awesome

I’ll tell you who’s running a racket: The people selling granola! I don’t know why took me so long to try making my own... maybe it was not enough time, or maybe it was because it didn’t seem worth the effort. But there is no effort. It was insanely easy and is insanely delicious. I have already eaten way too much of it, actually. It’s the best granola I’ve ever had, even better than the $10 kind!

My favorite kind is the $10 kind, which is what prompted me to finally give DIY a shot. That, and the fact that my apartment is freezing because we still have our window AC units in. In the northeast, summer stretched well into fall this year; then abruptly left us with a string of cold, rainy days. (You can tell it's cold from the light in the photo! But I don't have time to fix it.) Anyway, I was looking for a reason to turn the oven on and heat up the place, so I found a recipe for olive oil granola online and used the ingredient list from the bag of my favorite granola. The rest is magic.

3 cups rolled oats
¾ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 300. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then spread the mixture out on a sheet pan lined with foil (for easy cleanup). Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. Don’t burn your mouth when you taste it right out of the oven.

I'm looking forward to playing around with this recipe and I encourage you to do the same. Add stuff! Subtract stuff! (If you want it to be more healthy and less awesome, for example.)

Am I back? I don't know. I hope so. I figured I'd just get this post up take it from there. Here. HI!

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