I love granola for breakfast. Not only do I make it quite frequently, but I do often order it when going out for breakfast. I’m a bit of a granola snob and I definitely know what I like. This granola found in Baked: New Frontiers in Baking cookbook is great. Like really, really great.
Look at it, this granola has clusters! Every granola I have made, while delicious & wholesome, doesn’t have the goodness that makes them clump up like the granola found at a great bakery. Look no further. This granola clumps, it’s crunchy and it’s easy to make. Sure, there’s a bit more sugar than I’m used to putting in my granola, but it’s worth the extra calories. Do it for the clumps!
Want to make your friends, co-workers and family really happy this holiday? Just bake up a batch, throw it in a large glass jar, top it with a bow, and call it a homemade gift made with love. Better yet, bake up a double batch (I’ve done it and it works beautifully) so you have some for yourself and a friend. Guaranteed happiness.
better than from a bakery granola
(adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)
2 c organic large-flake rolled oats
1 t cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 t salt
3 T plus 1 t canola oil
1/4 c honey
1/4 c firmly packed light brown sugar
1 t pure vanilla extract
2/3 c whole almonds
2/3 c raisins
Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl, toss oats with cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla until blended. Pour the wet mixture in with the dry and use your hands to combine the two until everything is well coated and your hands are gooey. Lick them if you must, but wash your hands right after.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture over top. Spread it out evenly, but also keep in mind clumping is a good, good thing. Bake for 10 minutes and then use a spatula to gently flip the granola over. Sprinkle with almonds and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Add raisins and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely in the pan. Use your hands to break up the granola…but again, don’t go overboard (remember the clumps!). Place in a tightly lidded container.