We eat our fair share of oats here at maison everett. Be it a warm bowl of maple oatmeal, freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or our beloved granola that I think I've finally perfected. Homemade granola is probably one of the easiest recipes to throw together leaving you with a week's worth of quick, healthy yumminess to enjoy:) I like to make mine on Sunday evening once Remy is asleep so it can bake while I'm getting the house picked up and ready for the week ahead. This recipe is not-too-sweet with the perfect taste of salty. You can always adjust to your desired taste and use what you have on hand for the nuts and mix-ins. Honey Almond Granola: 4 cups old fashioned oats* 1/2 c sliced almonds* 1/4 c pecan pieces 1/4 c sesame seeds* 1 tsp flax seeds* 1 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2 c honey 1/3 c olive oil 1/2 c dried cranberries* (*) from bulk section at the grocery
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven preheats, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. Measure your olive oil and honey in the same measuring cup and stir together. Slowly pour mixture into your dry ingredients until all is well-coated. Spread mixture evenly on a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes - stir mixture and add in the cranberries - bake for another 10 minutes or until just lightly browning. Be sure to check towards the end so that you don't burn it! Everyone's oven is different so times may vary slightly. Remove from heat promptly and allow to cool. My favorite way to eat it is with greek yogurt and fresh berries, if they're in season. And what's even better about this recipe is that its great for sharing...It's one of my go-to's to share with new mamas. Many times they have dinners lined up but if you're a mama you know that a healthy prepared breakfast is just as satisfying as a warm dinner! It would also be great holiday gift for a teacher or friend. Simply wrap it up in a tea towel like this one from chewing the cud (which doubles as wrapping & a gift). The granola should last at least a week in an airtight container - perhaps longer but ours is always gone in a few days;) Enjoy!