Whether mixed in a breakfast bowl, a commuter snack or a smoothie topping, this mixture is just the thing to start your day with.
By Sara Suskin
As a kid, I remember my kitchen filling up with the smell of toasted oats and vanilla as my mom made her famous granola. It’s a dish that’s remained near to my heart now that I’ve come to adopt my own recipe collection. I’ll make big batches to store in my pantry for easy breakfast access on days when I’m feeling particularly sluggish. But it’s equally wonderful as part of a brunch spread or for a leisurely day off (when I’m not rushing to and fro, and can actually enjoy my morning).
With relatively simple ingredient, granola is suitable for all seasons; the flavors of honey, vanilla and coconut can mix with just about anything. An uncomplicated recipe also means that there is room for modifications for any palate. Unfussy-yet-delicious, make this the newest addition to your morning routine.
8 cups regular rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
1½ cups regular raw wheat germ
½–1 cup unsweetened coconut
1½ cups unprocessed bran
½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup ground flaxseed meal (optional)
…and then follow these steps…
1. Preheat your oven to 300° and grab two baking sheets covered with parchment paper (to give yourself an easy clean-up later on).
2. Blend the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, coconut, bran and (optional) flaxseed all together in a large bowl.
3. In a small pan, heat the honey, oil and vanilla and stir the mixture until it begins to bubble.
4. Pour the warm liquids over the dry ingredients and give them a thorough toss, making sure everything is coated.
5. Divide the oat/honey/bran mixture between the baking sheets, spreading it out to create an even layer.
6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until browned (although oven times may vary).
7. Once out of the oven, stir the granola several times while it cools to prevent sticking.
8. When it’s completely cool, store it in an airtight container. Mix with anything you’d like, and enjoy!
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