The other day, my friend and I (Hi Joe!) wanted to make granola… but we were too lazy to find and/or follow a recipe. How hard could it really be to wing it?
Turns out, not hard at all.
And so, as a follow up to How to Make Shortbread Without a Recipe, we’re taking a look at how to make granola without one either. All it takes is a few main components: oats, honey, and add-ins, plus some spices and salt. What you add—and how much of it you add—is all up to what you’re feeling (or what your pantry looks like)(or your budget, for that matter).
The basic procedure: preheat your oven and toast any nuts or seeds you might be adding. Toss together some oats and spices, then add in your toasted nuts/seeds plus any other additions. Drizzle in enough honey for things to start to stick together. Finally, spread everything onto a baking sheet, then stick it in the oven until it’s good to go!
Some tips and other things to keep in mind:
– If you’re adding chocolate, you have two options— 1) Mix it in with the rest of the ingredients before putting the granola in the oven, which makes some pieces melt into the granola and create chocolate clusters. This, needless to say, is pretty awesome. 2) Add the chocolate after the granola has come out of the oven so that it stays solid and doesn’t really melt at all
– To get more clusters, press your granola firmly into the pan in an even layer before putting it in the oven, and don’t stir it around while baking. Let the granola cool in the pan before breaking it up. We also tried adding a beaten egg white to the mix to make more clusters, but that didn’t really seem to make a difference
– I wouldn’t suggest subbing maple syrup or even agave for the honey, as honey is a lot thicker and thus makes the oats stick together much better. You might have success with a thicker liquid sweetener like brown rice syrup, but I haven’t tried that out yet
– I highly suggest hitting up the bulk bin at the grocery store for ingredients and inspiration. Not only does it save money, but all of the ingredients available can spark the idea for some crazy new flavor combo you never would have thought of before
Granola is way too useful and delicious to be complicated. So honestly, why would you use a recipe when you really don’t have too? Raid your pantry, dig out those oats you forgot you had stashed, maybe even splurge on some quality honey. Throw it together, toss it in the oven, and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself a batch of damn good granola.
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