Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Granola that May Send You to Rehab

Ok, get ready to never go back to store bought granola. No, I'm telling you you won't be able to simply go to the grocery store and pick up a box after you try this. What? You say it's so much easier. Well, maybe but you can make a ton of this stuff and freeze it if you want. It's cheaper, probably healthier, and I'm telling you right now it does not compare to anything you can buy at the store. This stuff is ridiculously good. Addicting even.

Yes, granola can be addicting when it tastes like this! You may have to go to rehab.

Granola Goodness

1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 cup light brown sugar (for a healthier version 1 1/2-2 cups honey)
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups toasted oats
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tbsp all-purpose flour

Preheat over to 325 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil or wax paper. Coat with cooking spray.
Whisk egg and egg white in a large mixing bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. Spread evenly in prepared baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
Break up granola into clusters and serve over yogurt with fruit or if you're like me eat it by the handfuls!

Tip: If you double or triple this recipe (which I recommend 'cause this stuff disappears fast) bake an extra 5-7 minutes.

Here's the chorus line of goodness.

Whisk the egg.

If you have little helpers I highly recommend putting them to work.

Then add the brown sugar.

If you wanna go the healthier route, use honey, but you will want to double the amount compared to the sugar.

Honestly, I would try it with the brown sugar first time you make it.

You don't want to be too healthy do you?

I hate to say it, but it's just better with the sugar.

Add the oil.

A little bit of salt.


The real stuff.


Stir some to incorporate.

Measure out your pecans.

Chop 'em up.

Chop 'em real good.

Add the nuts and the flour.

Pour in those oats.

Mix in the cranberries.

Stir really well.

No need to go to the gym after this; your biceps will already get enough of a workout in.

Line your baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Really coat it good, or you may have to wrestle the granola off the foil and pan, which is not a pretty sight.

Believe me.

Pour the granola on the prepared baking sheet.

Spread evenly.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Cook to sweet perfection.


I can never resist!

Oh my goodness!

Is there a rehab you recommend?

1 comment:

Sarah (Risner) Miller said...

Megan! I was looking for a snack to share at church workday today. I made a double batch of your crazy good granola last night. My husband has eaten half of the batch and I had a serving with yogurt for breakfast. I'm contemplating keep the rest to myself and stopping by the grocery store to get trail mix for church!!! Great recipe, keep on writing!!!