Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Best Batch of Granola I've Ever Made

In case you didn't know, I was in a sorority in college (shootout Pi Beta Phi). One of my favorite memories of living in the Pi Phi house was walking into the kitchen and seeing our tiny, spunky, foul-mouthed chef Martha's granola sitting there waiting for me. It was seriously some of the most delicious, outstanding, addicting granolas I have ever tasted.

It was also, however, ridiculously terrible for me. Martha let me know, so I'm not making that up. Sidenote: sorry to any current UF Pi Phi who is reading this and planning on devouring some of those delicious granola nuggets...but c'mon. You had to know.

So anyways, one of my best friends in college, the lovely Nicole "Salzy" Salzman (who is actually starting her own blog, which is sure to be exceptional!), passed on a recipe from her mom...which was quite good, and much healthier. However, it just wasn't sweet enough for me- plus, I like my granola chunky and it is more of a dried fruit-granola combo. 

So today...I decided to make my own healthy-granola. 

and then...I made another batch.

It.is.so.effing.delicious. 

It's perfect. I'm obsessed. I'm so glad I ran 10 miles today because I probably ate it all back in granola (not really...but I had to taste test, yano? For the good of the blog.)

Just a note: I didn't really...okay didn't at all...measure anything exactly, so all of the measurements I list are basically guestimated. Hopefully they're accurate.

So, without wasting anymore time... the Meaghan Jameson Granola Recipe

Ingredients:
5 cups old fashioned oats (I used Quaker-brand)
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts, pecans, and sunflower seeds)
3 tablespoons flaxseed
3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used JIF Natural)- microwaved for approx. 20 seconds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used lite)
10 packets stevia

Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix all dry ingredients.
3. Mix in wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Make sure ingredients are well-mixed.
4. Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet with a lip and spread out so that it is decently evenly distributed
5. Put mixture in oven and let it bake for 8-10 minutes. Take out granola mixture and stir it up, redistribute it evenly and put it back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes. 
6. Repeat step 5 until granola is browned and is to your desired crispiness (the more time you bake it, the crunchier it will be- but be careful! It can go from crunchy to burnt real fast.
7. Let granola cool for around 30 minutes (try and wait that long...you probably can't.)

The finished product. Words cannot describe how delicious this is.

You're welcome.

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