Granola

I love granola, probably because it tastes like a crumbled cookie.  Recently, I’ve been making granola on a somewhat regular basis, filling up a huge glass jar with enough for more than a week’s worth of breakfasts and snacking.  It’s super easy to make, and totally customizable.  You can add any kind of nuts and/or dried fruit, wheat germ, coconut, citrus zests, you name it.  You hardly have to measure anything.  But, if you insist, try these proportions: 4 cups oats, 1/3 cup oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup or less brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, and a pinch of salt.  Try different kinds of honey to vary the flavor, or use maple syrup.  Just mix up the dry ingredients, pour over your boiled oil/honey/flavoring goop, stir again, spread on a pan, and bake at 325°F for 20 minutes or so, stirring it every once in a while.  It will crisp up nicely as it cools.  Eat it by itself, with milk, with ice cream, or (my preference) with tangy plain yogurt to temper the sweetness.  If you’ve got them, toss in some fresh berries just before eating.

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