Breakfast has always been one of the most enjoyable parts of my day. I like to take my time in the morning, and I will get up earlier than necessary just to be able to have a leisurely breakfast with coffee and reading. Hameed is rarely out of bed before I leave for work, so I have the quiet kitchen all to myself.
This granola gets gobbled up pretty quickly around here. We like it with greek yogurt and some chopped fresh fruit, whatever is in season. The kiwis were really good this past winter, but now that stone fruit has arrived, I can't stay away from apriums, apricots, white nectarines, and pluots.
I first tried this granola at a friend's house. His mom had a batch in the oven, and the house smelled like heaven. We enjoyed it while it was still hot, spooned over vanilla bean ice cream. Man it was good. She sent me the recipe and I haven't gone back to store-bought granola ever since. It's easy to make and easily adaptable - you can control exactly how sweet you want it, and you can use whatever nuts and dried fruits you like. Just make sure you buy your nuts raw.
EVERYDAY GRANOLA (adapted from Alton Brown)
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut (I usually use unsweetened shaved coconut, but sweetened/unsweetened shredded is good too)
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (I sometimes use dark Muscovado sugar for more molasses flavor)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried fruit (currants, golden raisins, sour cherries, etc.)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except the dried fruit. Combine the two mixtures and mix well.
Pour the granola onto two rimmed baking sheets and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the nuts take on a deep golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes or so to make sure everything gets nice and toasted.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add the dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed.
If you make a double batch of this (and I always do because Hameed pours heaps of the granola on his yogurt LIKE IT GROWS ON TREES), you will need to bake it longer (another half hour should do the trick). Enjoy!