Whoever decided that the next paid holiday after New Years Day would be Memorial Day must have been a total a-hole. I mean, I felt like I was doing okay today at work, Tuesday, the first full week back since the holidays, and things are tickin’ along. And then a co-worker of mine drops a bomb in our weekly staff meeting.
“UGH, at least this weather helps take the sting out of the fact that our next paid day off isn’t until the end of May”
Sweet. Thanks for bringing that to everyone’s attention anonymous co-worker. You’ve really lightened the mood for us.
I feel a sick day coming on.
In the meantime, I made you this granola. Actually, we made it for Seth’s dad who is having open heart surgery tomorrow and everyone knows how DELICIOUS hospital food is. I figured he could use a snack 🙂
We like our granola “wet” or in otherwords, kinda chewy. A little sticky. Not at all hard or crunchy.
The best thing about granola is that you can put whatever you want in it and make it your own. For ours, we used almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and dried cranberries.
The bulk section of Wegman’s is a granola maker’s dream.
The basics of granola aren’t much different than cookie making. Mix the wet with the wet, the dry with the dry, and combine. Here are the dry ingredients all together.
And here are the “wet” ingredients.
Extra peanut butter for us, obvi. Oh and don’t be intimidated by the “oat flour” ingredient. Here is how you make oat flour:
Step one, put the oats into a blender.
Step 2: blend.
You could do this in a food processor too of course, but some people don’t have them (like me).
So you combine the wet and dry and stir it so that it’s completely combined as Seth so graciously volunteered to do.
Spread the mixture out in a pan that is covered with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, stirring the granola every 5 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK! It will look chewy and raw still, but I promise it will harden up a bit as it cools. Of course, you can cook yours longer if you like it crunchier.
- 1 2/3 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2-3 cups of dried fruits and nuts (we used almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried crannys and coconut)
- 1/3 cup of peanut butter (any kind)
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, including oat flour. To make oat flour, pulse 1/3 cup of oats in a blender or food processor until fine
- Combine the wet ingredients, including peanut butter, honey/maple syrup, and fruit & nut mix-ins
- Combine them all together! (this is tough stuff people)
- Spread the granola out on the parchment paper
- Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
- Allow to cool; the granola will firm up