Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Here’s the thing. Sometimes your house is covered in dog hair, and your hair really needs to be colored. Sometimes your clothes all feel weird but new ones are expensive. Sometimes your laptop commits suicide in the middle of a blog post. Sometimes you bake things that you think will be great and they taste like cardboard. It happens.
So sometimes, I think the best thing to do is make granola. It’s hard to mess up and takes very little energy. And I’m willing to bet at least a dollar that you have enough random things in your pantry to make a pretty good granola. Doesn’t that just sound like a relief?
And if making granola means you can eat chocolate for breakfast, I’m in (with fruit and yogurt, and some slightly more sensible cereal, of course).
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup natural peanut or almond butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/3 cup flaxseed
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 275°F.
Bring the canola oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a simmer on the stove. Cook for three to five minutes.
While that’s cooking, mix together the oats, wheat germ, peanuts and flaxseed. Pour hot syrup mixture over the oats and toss well to coat. Spread out granola onto two lined sheet trays and bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning trays midway through.
Let granola cool completely before adding the chocolate chips.