Granola Goodness.

I've found a love for granola.

The end.

Just kidding. Not the end. I've got to share the recipe and a few photos, of course!

This recipe came from a blog I recently stumbled upon, but of course I changed up a few of the ingredients to suit our tastes.

You'll need: 
2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
3 T + 1 t. of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 t. of vanilla
1/3 cup of almonds (I used slivered)
1/3 cup of raisins
a handful of flax seeds
a big handful of chocolate chips (I used a little bit of butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips)

The steps: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon and salt.  
  3. Mix the oil, sugar, honey and vanilla in another bowl. 
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and get your hands dirty. Mix 'er up good so all of the oats are covered. 
  5. Put the whole sticky gooey mess on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. While you're waiting, feel free to lick your fingers. 
  6. Then, take it out and stir it up and add the almonds and flax seeds. 
  7. Bake for 10 more minutes. 
  8. Take it out, stir it up and decide it you want your granola more crispy. If so, pop 'er back in for another 10 minutes. If not, let 'er cool. 
  9. Once it's thoroughly cool, add the raisins and chocolate chips and store in an air-tight container. 

Sometimes I portion out the granola into little containers so it's easy to grab some in the morning when we are packing our lunches for the day.

Our favorite way to eat this granola is mixed with yogurt and some fruit. John likes to add a handful to his regular breakfast cereal, although I know he eats it plain since I've seen him digging around in the container. Once I also just ate it like cereal - plain, in a bowl with some milk - but I wasn't too impressed. I think it's because I'm so used to commercial breakfast cereals and this wasn't exactly the same. I'm sure after a while I can get used to it, though.

While I know this recipe isn't totally healthy (with the sugar and the honey and the salt and the chocolate chips...), it's super, super tasty. And here's my logic: We've tried making 'healthy' granola before and didn't like it. We didn't eat it. We wasted our time and those ingredients.  

This granola is delicious, and a whole hell of a lot healthier than some of the shit we put in our bodies, so I guess it's the lesser of two evils. And don't give me that crap about "choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil". Cut a sister a break, would ya?!

I will say, though, that I've made this granola a few times already, and once I forgot to add the brown sugar. I know. How could someone forget to add the best ingredient?! Anyway, the end result tasted just about the same, although it was a little more salty. So, you can make it that way - sans brown sugar - just cut down on the salt.

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