Here's a little something for all you people who made New Year's resolutions to lose weight and to be healthier this year a recipe for granola.
Yep, I'm jumping on that healthy band wagon ... for now. (Next week, we'll be back to cupcakes and meat.)
Seeing as I can't get within a 1-mile radius of a gym without getting stampeded by newbie gym-goers eager to start their New Year's resolutions to lose weight, I'm going to aim to eat healthier instead of working out. Good reasoning not to go to the gym, right?
This granola is as healthy as they come it's full of oats, fruit and nuts. The recipe hails from the cookbook Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, written by the owners of Baked, a big-time bakery in NYC and Charleston, SC.
This was my first time making granola, and it probably won't be my last. This is good stuff ... bordering on addictive. Tart cherries, golden raisins, almonds, oats, and a touch of cinnamon and honey. The original recipe calls for hazelnuts too, but I didn't have any on hand. It still tasted delicious though. The granola can be purchased on their website for $6.50, but why buy when you can make it yourself?
Eat it by itself or on top of thick Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey ... or on top of ice cream.
Easy Homemade Granola
from "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking" by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole almonds [Note: I used slivered almonds, and they worked fine.]
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, toss the oats with cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them. Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes, and then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola.