Well, one, it's often a bit pricy, and two, and more of a problem, the increased paranoia of peanut or cashew or pecan exposure. Granola mixes come in a wide variety of styles and ingredients, and even when I obsessively scan the ingredient list, I'm always nervous about cross-contamination. It kind of takes away from the enjoyment of eating when, in the back of your mind, you're a little worried about DEATH.
So, for a long time, I've been thinking I should just make my own granola, so I can chug my granola with the peace of mind knowing that no rogue nut is lurking inside.
But I put it off. Most recipes called for what seemed like massive amounts of oats and a dizzying array of dried fruit. I never could remember to pick up unsweetened coconut. I had the wrong type of oats. I was nervous.
The other day, I figured I'd give it a try anyway to see what happened. I started with a recipe but changed everything, to go with what I had in the kitchen. Quick oats instead of rolled oats. No nuts at all. Honey instead of maple syrup. Olive oil instead of canola. Just raisins instead of a selection of four other kinds of dried fruit. Small batch to mitigate any potential losses. So my very simple recipe was just this:
2 cups of quick oats + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 2 T olive oil + 1/4 cup honey.
Mixed. Spread on a baking sheet. Toasted in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes (stirred every ten minutes). 1/2 cup of raisins stirred in afterwards.
|OMG, it totally worked.|