We’re constantly on the hunt for a really, really, really good cookie. One that’s crispy on the outside but still magically gooey or doughy in the middle. Healthy? Usually not. But when you find a keeper, it’s totally worth the splurge. Plus, it’s sure to be homemade, all-natural and super hard to forget. For example, we still dream about the chocolate chip cookie at Baked in Brooklyn. Then again, pretty much everything in that bakery is worth the splurge—sweet & salty brownies, whoopie pies, brookies (a brilliant combination of their brownie & their chocolate chip cookie). Even their granola is to-die-for. This is why Lindsey had to purchase their cookbook, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, before she left NYC and headed west.
It’s been staring at her since she arrived in Portland, waiting to be opened. The recipes were screaming to be prepared. “Make me, make me!” But rather than caving for the Monster Cookies (which look as tempting as they sound, by the way), she opened it up to the “Easy Homemade Granola” recipe and decided to give it a go. Besides, she has a trip coming up and needs a good, hearty plane snack to take along. This would be much better than the usual cookies or packaged trail mixes that the airport provides.
Bottom line: This granola is the breakfast bomb. It’s so easy to prepare, wholesome and positively scrumptious. The recipe makes 1 lb of granola, which is good for snacking and morning yogurt parfaits all week long. It’s sweet and salty, with oatmeal and nuts that are filled with fiber, which helps you feel full longer (PERFECT for cross-country flights and road trips). Totally a make-and-take recipe (ie, take with you to snack on everywhere you go!).
EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries
* Preheat oven to 325′. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
* In a large bowl, toss oats with cinnamon and salt.
* In a medium bowl, stir together oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
* Pour honey mixture over oats and use hands to combine: Gather some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all oats are coated with honey mixture.
* Pour mixture onto baking sheet. Spread it out evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and flip granola with metal spatula. Sprinkle almonds over granola and return to oven.
* Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven and flip granola again. Sprinkle hazelnuts over granola and return to oven.
* Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle raisins and cherries over granola and use your hands to transfer it to an airtight container.