I may have stumbled upon my new favorite granola. Seriously, this stuff is crack-tastic.
I found the recipe at Clutching My Coffee [I LOVE the blog name!! :-)]. Check her site for the recipe!
First I started with rolled oats in a bowl and to it added cinnamon and salt.
I gave it a little stir to incorporate everything.
Then in a saucepan, I combined brown sugar, honey and canola oil.
I stirred all the ingredients together on a medium low heat, just until the sugar has dissolved and it’s syrupy in consistency.
In the original recipe, it just calls for vanilla extract. Well that just wouldn’t do.
So I busted out the Mexican vanilla and almond extract. I added about 1/2 tsp. of each.
Then I added the syrup to the oats.
I made sure to give it a good stir so that every piece of oat had a bit of stickiness on it.
Once mixed, I transferred the oat mixture to a sheet pan lined with a Silpat [you can use parchment].
I made sure to evenly spread oat the oats so that way they all get a chance to get c-r-u-n-c-h-y!
I popped them into a 325 degree F preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
While the oats were in the oven, I gave some whole, raw almonds a chop.
FYI: Almonds are one of my favorite nuts.
Then I took the oats out of the oven and mixed in the almonds.
Remembering to spread the mixture out evenly again. Then I put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Next I grabbed some shaved coconut.
It’s funny how much your taste buds can change over the course of years. I vaguely remember not being a huge fan of coconut as a child. Now I love it. Go figure.
Anyways, back to the delicious granola…
After 10 minutes, I folded in the coconut and spread the mixture out again.
Back in the oven it went for another five minutes.
Finally, the granola was finished!!
Seriously. I can’t stop eating this.
I mean toasted coconut. Toasted almonds. Vanilla. Cinnamon.
It’s SO good, I can’t even take it.
This would be good on anything from a breakfast smoothie or oats to yogurt or ice cream.
Something tells me I’ll be making this for a long time to come.
The best part is that there are plenty of clusters to go around. And I love me some granola clusters.
Ok have you had enough about my granola gushing?? I haven’t.
I’m going to go eat another handful.
Have a good night!!