I have a great friend, Anna. She is a design ninja, and an artist in every sense of the word. No really, she makes wicked cool clothing, takes amazing photos, is a stellar graphic designer, and races some sort of crazy bicycle-cross. Pretty much anything she has to say about anything is going to be awesome. Which is why when she told me how easy granola was to make, I went ahead and tried it myself. She's right, of course.
The Initial Recipe:
3 c rolled oats
2 T butter
1/2 c honey
Melt butter, mix with honey, stir into oats until they are evenly coated. Place in 315-degree oven and stir every 15 minutes until they are Golden Brown and Delicious (around 30-45 minutes.) Oats will get crispier as they cool, so be sure to pull a spoonful out and cool it to test. You can also add 3/4 cup of slivered or sliced almonds.
I tried a half-batch as a test for taste because the store-bought granola I was trying to duplicate uses fruit juice syrup as a sweetener, and I’m going for an easier-to-find-in-the-pantry option like honey or brown sugar. With 1 1/2 cups of oats, the granola was almost overbrown at 19-22 minutes, which could very well be an elevation thing for all I know. And with only a 1/4 cup of honey, it wasn’t sweet enough for this Pepsi junkie. I also had used spray coating on the cookie sheet so that it wouldn’t stick and I think I got some flavor funkiness off of that. Also, no big chunks of oats.
Next time, I will try a brown sugar syrup, or maybe just put the brown sugar in the melted butter to dissolve. As for the funkiness, I will probably either use parchment paper or just butter the pan.
(Click here for printable recipe.)