Almonds on Crack [ Granola Recipe ]




Hello World! 

I am back with another recipe. Most of you may be wondering "Andria, what happened to your macaron series?"... yes it is still a thing in the works. My next post is mostly drafted but between moving and all the hectic post grad shenanigans, life has kind of been throwing me around from here to there and I haven't been able to finish the graphics. So in the mean time, here's one of my favorite daily recipes that I use all the time. 

Store bought granola has always been a hit or miss with a tendency for the miss for me. That's why I started making my own granola, and I haven't gone back since. There are so many benefits to making your own granola such as not having to worry about super weird ingredients and chemicals added in for freshness, getting to choose what you want in your granola, annnnd you get the really nice nutty crunchiness of home roasted almonds :) Are you sold yet? Because I am

I swear there's something about this recipe that is just too addictive. I usually make granola for breakfast to go with plain yogurt and some fruit, but I end up eating half of it by itself as a snack instead. Even my mom absolutely loves this granola and practically demands I make a double batch for her the moment I step into the house whenever I'm visiting. 

This recipe is super simple and not technical at all. You can experiment as much as you want and add whatever extra bits you desire. One tip I would give is to make sure to add dried fruit after baking if you want to do that. I once had the amazing idea of adding raisins to my granola, but I added it in and baked it with the granola and had to spend the rest of my time picking out the pebble like burned raisins with chopsticks one by one. 

Try this recipe and let me know how it goes! 


Recipe: 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour (sometimes I use coconut flour for a different flavor)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Almonds (I cut mine in half...yes...one by one but you can chop yours or keep it whole)
  • 1/3 cup Oil (coconut oil would also work for an extra flavor boost) 
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Method
  • Pre heat oven to 300 f
  • Mix together the oats, almond flour, whole wheat flour, salt, and almonds (as well as any other nuts you want to add)
  • Drizzle the oil over the dry ingredients and mix until the oil coats everything evenly
  • Mix together the brown sugar and maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl and microwave the mixture for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds stir the mixture a bit and see if the sugar granules have dissolved, if not microwave for another 30 seconds. You want the sugar to melt, but you don't want to boil it or else the sugar will crystalize
  • Once the sugar has combined with the syrup, pour the mixture over the oat mix and mix together until combined
  • Spread the granola onto a baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes
  • At around 30 minutes, break up the granola and mix it around the pan before putting it back in to bake
  • Once the granola is done baking, take the pan out of the oven and let the granola cool for about 20-30 minutes before eating or packing 
* you can make this recipe by just leaving out the flour or subbing it with more almond flour  






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