Life is not perfect but granola is, even if it’s crunchy burnt.
So I forgot about my granola in the oven and if you read my blog which I sincerely hope that you do, then you would know that I am anosmic so chances of this happening were pretty high, especially as I was home alone. You would think that I would always use a timer, I do, but this time was different, I would remember, after all I was right there in the kitchen, cleaning up and checking emails.
If it burnt, then why am I posting about it? Good question, because I got to it just before it burnt to an inedible state and because I am telling you so openly that I forgot about it let me also openly tell you that it was AMAZING!
It was crunchy and still a whole lot better than the store bought version and that’s besides the fact that I love crusty corners and crunchy edges texture.
The TWO DO’S and DON’TS when making Granola
DO NOT forget about it in the oven
DO eat it regardless because it’s granola 🙂
I didn’t use foil when baking it because I wanted it to brown which is a bit of an understatement now yes, instead I poured the mixture into a non stick oven tray and when it was baked (or almost burnt) I transferred it onto some foil in another pan just to allow it to cool down. Had I left it in the same pan to cool this would be an entirely different post about the charcoal of my granola, but fortunately here we are with crusty corners and crunchy edges, thank God.
Ingredients For The Granola Mix
3 Cups Rolled Oats (If you want to use regular or Jungle Oats, you can but it wont have the same crunch)
1-1/2 Cups Shredded coconut
1/2 to 3/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Sliced/chopped Almonds
2 Heaped Cups Mixed Nuts (cashews, more almonds, walnuts, pecan nuts etc bag mix)
1 Cup Cranberries
1/2 Cup Honey
Sunflower seeds (even pumpkin seeds if you have those on hand)
Pinch (1/2 tsp) Cinnamon
Method For The Granola Mix
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
Mix oil and honey
Combine the dry ingredients
Pour the oil and honey mix into the dry ingredients
Spread everything out onto a baking tray and bake until golden brown
Don’t forget to turn the granola once or twice while baking, I try to turn it just once so that I can deliberately get those chunky pieces.
Let it cool down and bottle.
I bottled the granola thinking that I will have it with some yogurt at some point in the near future as I was convinced no one would eat it besides ‘little old me’ with my weakness for rough edges but I was gravely mistaken therefore I am pleased to report that this deliciously crunchy granola did not last at all. Sometimes when things don’t go according to plan, they still go according to plan. xx