Nature’s Sprinkles!

Hey there! It has been a while hasn’t it?? Please forgive me for I have been buried under assignments, exams, and new adjustments. Let me give you a little update. This year I started my sophomore year of college, but I just transferred to a new school so in a way I feel like a freshman again. Sure, I have the whole college thing down when it comes to homework, exams, and managing my time, but when it comes to finding friends and navigating a new environment I’ve definitely got that freshman feeling. It’s a little bit of a weird middle ground that I’ve found myself in because I absolutely love it at my new school, I’m meeting a lot of new and interesting people, but I haven’t yet found MY people. I know they’re here, I know it takes time to find them and it doesn’t just happen overnight, but wouldn’t it just be so easy if it did?? I could just send up a flare and they would all come running and we could go off and get ice cream and be best friends forever… Nonsense! True friend finding is an art, it requires patience, courage, and sometimes pure luck. So, for anyone else who is adjusting to a new environment, maybe starting out at a new school or in a new job, be courageous and be patient, because you rock and sometimes good things just take a little time.

So, food. That’s what you’re here for right? Today were talking about granola, which is nature’s sprinkles in my book. And sprinkles make everything better, so by the transitive property so does granola. But not every granola is created equal! Granola has become such a fad in recent years and a lot of the granola you can get at the store has a ton of sugar and a whole bunch of ingredients that you can’t even name, so the obvious solution is to make your own! As you may already know, one of my favorite foodie websites is Food52, and this summer I came across this recipe for homemade granola. It was a great template for making up my own recipe and I haven’t eaten store bought granola since.

This past weekend my mom paid me a visit and, as we had both finished off our batches of granola that I had made for us before I left for school, we decided to make some more! This recipe is so simple, the only things that are important to remember are the ratios of wet ingredients to dry. All you need is 3 cups of oats, 4 cups of mix ins, 1/2 cup olive oil, ¾ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup honey, and a sprinkle of salt. For the mix ins, I usually do a mix of pecans, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or coconut flakes. Dried fruit and chocolate chips are also a great addition, but they should be added at the very end. The opportunities for customization are endless. This recipe really just gives you the foundation, it is up to you to put your own creative spin on it.

Pre-Toasting

Post-Toasting

Easy Homemade Granola A.K.A. Nature's Sprinkles

  • Servings: about 7 cups
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 cups of mix ins (i.e. pecans, sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • course salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats and the other dry mix ins. (mix ins like dried fruit and chocolate chips should be added at the very end and shouldn’t be included in the 4 cup measure of mix ins)
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, and honey.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry and mix together until well combined.
  5. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with a bit of course salt.
  6. Transfer to oven and bake, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, for about 40 minutes or until the granola is toasted to your liking.
  7. Let the granola cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container for up to one month.

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