Note: If you need a homemade gift that will impress, this is what you've been looking for. Don't be afraid to personalize with your favorite mix-ins.
I'll admit it. I love convenience. My breakfast sandwich is usually made on bakery-bought bread; I sometimes use canned beans instead of dried/soaked ones; and I even sometimes make brownies from a mix.
However, that's what makes the homemade version of anything usually store-bought extra magnificent. This granola recipe is my favorite because it's simple and quick to make, yet perfect for your on-the-go snack (convenience, right?). And, because it's so easy to customize and add your personal touch, it makes the perfect economical but drool-inducing homemade gift.
I cooked up this recipe for Ted, the newest member of the MixedMade family, and his cross-country road trip.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose is fine, but I love almond flour for its added boost of protein and nutrients)
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons Bees Knees Spicy Honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Six cardamom pods (optional)
- Coconut flakes
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Dried fruit (I love raspberries)
- Toasted nuts
1. (Optional) If you choose to use cardamom, and I urge you to if you want a really insane granola, throw the whole pods in a dry pan over medium heat for three minutes. Shake them around a couple times so they toast gently. Let them cool a bit and then crack open the pods and gather the tiny seeds inside. Throw out the shells and grind the seeds in a coffee or spice grinder. There is no better joy than lifting the lid off freshly toasted and ground cardamom. Make sure an audience is nearby for the unveil. Heads will turn.
2. It's easy from here on out: throw everything in a bowl and get in there with your hands. Spread it all out on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet and give it about 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees. Again, we're aiming for gentle toasting.
3. Let it cool down completely and toss in any special treats, like dried fruit, coconut slivers, pistachios (my favorite), chopped toasted nuts. Throw it in a travel container and hit the road; or throw it in a nice jar for the perfect homemade gift.
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