Oatmeal Cookie Granola

There are some things that are just awesome.

Coffee:  Preferably with cream and sugar.  Good friends:  Preferably those that make you laugh and stay out way too late.  Good food:  Again, preferably with coffee and friends and late nights.

Toilet paper.  The Beatles.  Oxygen (we take that one for granted).  And breakfast, one that doesn't involve frying or hot, spattering oil.  Or boiling water.  Or perheated skillets that burn my fingers.  Or sharp knives.  I need a break from all that.

Balance is key.  Case in point, granola is a mouthful of holy-heckballs-heaven.  All you need is a little bowl and a pre-heated oven.

Here's what it comes down to:  A little cinnamon, raisins, honey and brown sugar.  Basically a love child between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a healthy breakfast.

Here's what is comes down to:  a little cinnamon, raisins, honey and brown sugar.  Basically a love child between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a healthy breakfast.

If your instinct is to have it for dinner, we are best friends.

Oatmeal Cookie Granola

(yields about 4 1/2 cups)

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of salt

3 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, ground flax, cinnamon and salt.  Stir together and set aside.

In a small bowl, pour in oil, honey and vanilla.  Whisk together, then add to the oat mixture and stir.  Spread the granola onto the baking sheet in an even later and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once done, remove from the oven and stir in the raisins.  Place on a flat surface and pat the mixture down with the back of the spatula or large spoon.  Let cool for 20 minutes, then break into clusters.

 

 

Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.  Enjoy!