Yo. When it still looks like a Christmas bomb has gone off in your house but you want to feel like the morning stay-at-home-mom of your dreams, you of course bake granola. It adds a little novelty to the otherwise boring presentation of oatmeal that may peak your nine year olds interest and will definitely get the attention of your normally breakfast shirking Italian husband who has an unexplained soft spot for the stuff. Plus, it makes the house smell good, festive and homey and conducive to channeling the vibes of a bonafide homemaker.
This recipe was initially inspired by Deb Perlmans Magical Two-Ingredient Oat Brittle in her Smitten Kitten Everyday. The simplicity of it drew me in. But then I referenced David Tamarkins Cook90 and liked his take on what he calls Everyday Granola. Here is my mashup and additions to the recipes that will make your morning smell like Christmas with very minimal effort.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- .5 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- .25 cup olive oil
- .25 cup honey
- .25 cup maple syrup
- 1 large egg white
- a dash of vanilla extract
- a couple of pinches of cinnamon
- a splash of orange juice
- .25 cup raisins
- 1 tbsp orange zest
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the oats and almonds in the bowl together with salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, honey, maple syrup, egg whites, vanilla, cinnamon and orange juice together.
Pour the wet mixture in to the bowl of oats and almonds and stir until the oats are well-coated.
Pour everything out on the parchment paper and spread evenly. Then, place it in the oven to bake.
Timing is crucial here and depends completely on your oven and your eye. Perelman suggests a ten minute bake time and Tamarkin says one hour. I walked away from my electric oven and came back in fifteen and my oats were a little overcooked. So, I suggest checking them at ten minutes for color and consistency. You want to pull them out when they are warm golden brown.
I like Tamarkins recommendation to add the raisins after baking. I added them before baking and the flavor was not great. To add a little brightness, I folded in the orange zest once the granola cooled a bit.
I served it over plain yogurt with some blueberries, simple. All in all, not so bad for a first take and worth sharing and tweaking in the next rendition.
What is your favorite granola recipe? Asking for a friend. :)