Crunchy Like Granola.
I make my own granola.
Sounds quaint, I know. Like knitting my own socks or preserving my own peaches or churning my own butter.
But the thing is, I like granola. It’s a fantastic breakfast, it’s healthy-ish, and it’s crazy easy to make.
I mean, basically you mix a bunch of stuff together, then mix a bunch of other stuff together, then mix the two mixtures together, then bake.
Heck. You don’t even have to bake it if you don’t really want to.
To make it, you will need pretty much anything you want. You can use the recipe below as a guide, but don’t be afraid to get a little crazy. Like agave nectar instead of honey? Use it. Prefer vegetable oil to coconut oil? Be my guest. Crazy about oat bran? Substitute for some of the ground flax and toss it on in. If you want your granola to be more sticky and less crumbly, make more of the “wet” part (step 2) and cook a little less.
This can get a little pricy, depending on the ingredients you choose, but it makes a lot. If you were to buy the same amount from the store, you’d not only be spending mucho deniro, but you’d be getting all kinds of not-so-awesome added sugars and preservatives and all of that crap that makes us feel slow and drudgy instead of awesome and powerful.
Here’s what I used in my last batch:
- 4 cups oats
- 3/4 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 cup ground flax
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (vegetable oil works, too)
- 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
- Butterscotch chips, etc.
1) Mix the first 7 ingredients (oats, wheat germ, flax, sunflower seeds, and nuts) together in a very large mixing bowl.
2) Mix the last 7 ingredients (salt, sugar, syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla) together in a sauce pan, heat over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
3) Pour the wet stuff into the bowl with the dry stuff and stir to combine.
4) Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, then spread the mixture evenly and bake at 300-degrees F for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through. It will keep cooking for a bit after you remove it, so don’t worry if it’s not completely crunchy before you take it out. If you like it softer, bake it less. There really are no rules — just don’t burn it. That’s easy to do, so watch closely as you start to near the end of your cooking time.
Once you take it out, add your raisins or chocolate or whatever your little heart desires. I prefer mine plain.
Let it cool on the sheet before storing it in an air-tight container.
5) Serve however you’d like! My favorite is over vanilla or plain yogurt with sliced strawberries.
Mmmm. All I have left to do is put my hair in dreads and buy some hemp pants and I can officially call myself crunchy.
But really, with granola like this, that’s not a bad way to be.
Also, it will make you feel awesome and powerful. I promise.