But once the granola came out of the oven, it smelled so good I had to taste it.
I heated some milk, added a few slices of banana and a spoonful of that beautiful local honey over the granola, and let it soak for a few minutes - perfect on a chilly night or morning.
I did follow the recipe, but used less maple syrup and vanilla and no seeds at all. Check out her link above to see many other suggestions for ingredients. I'm already thinking of adding coconut for the next batch - or maybe mango! This is so fun:)
Here is my version:
Preheat oven to 325F.
You will need a baking sheet, ungreased
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup pecan pieces
Place the oats and nuts in a large bowl.
In a small pan heat :
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil (mine was firm, so I packed the measuring cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Heat until the coconut oil has dissolved and the mixture is warm.
Pour the mixture over the oats and nuts and toss well, until the oats and nuts are coated evenly.
Spread on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning the pan and stirring the granola 3 times so it bakes evenly.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding:
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
Mix the cranberries in well and store in a large jar, making sure it is completely cooled.
30 degrees today and a nice day for a little walk . Coming back to the house I saw my pale pink geraniums waving from the living room window, very cheery on this overcast day. And some little critter has been out and about. Hope your day is wonderful!