Granola

Dear Boys,

Granola is quick and easy to make and a healthy option for breakfast or a snack.

To make a big batch of Nana’s granola, you will need:

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6 cups oats,

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2 cups sliced almonds,

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1 cup brown sugar,

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1 teaspoon cinnamon,

DSC_0024and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl.

DSC_0029Brown sugar tends to clump, so be sure to mash it and stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.

DSC_0032In a saucepan on the stove, you will need to melt 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter.

DSC_0034Stir into the melted butter 1/2 cup honey.

DSC_0050Pour this onto the oat and nut mixture.

DSC_0055Stir until it is evenly coated.  It may feel at first like there isn’t enough liquid to moisten all the oats and nuts.  Just keep stirring.  I promise there is enough.

DSC_0063Nana’s recipe recommended baking the granola on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  I was out of parchment paper, but it didn’t stick much at all.

DSC_0064Spread the granola evenly on the pan before baking.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

DSC_0067During that baking time, you’ll need to take the granola out of the oven every 10 minutes to stir.  This will make sure all the pieces are toasted evenly.  After you stir, spread the granola evenly once again in the pan before returning it to the oven.

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This is how it will look when finished.

Nana’s recipe calls for 1 cup chopped, dried apricots and 1 cup dried cranberries.  I received multiple looks when preparing this batch that seemed to say, “May we please let people add in their own fruit and not put it in the entire batch?”

So there you go.  This batch is stored – fruitless – in an airtight container.  The dried cranberries are nearby if you decide to add some.

Be sure to let it cool on the pan before storing it.

You can eat it like a bowl of cereal, sprinkle it on a baked apple, or snack on it as is . . . lots of possibilities.

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John, yours looked good this morning on a cup of yogurt with a honey drizzle.

I love y’all!

Mom

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