Has anyone ever heard the song Crunchy Granola Suite by Neil Diamond? I love that song, but for the longest time I thought he was singing "crunchy granola sweet" ... and that's exactly how I'd describe this yummy toasted oat concoction I made the other day.
I love sprinkling granola on my oatmeal and yogurt, but granola tends to be pricey in stores so I made my own. If you've never tried it before, making granola is super easy. Start with two cups of oats and an array of nuts and dried fruit. I went with macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, dried blueberries and coconut but you can customize the mix however you wish to suit your taste buds. You'll also need brown sugar and either agave nectar or honey.
In a bowl, mix your oats (2 cups) with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of honey or agave nectar. Sprinkle in some shredded coconut if you want. Mix well. Once well tossed, spread your oats onto a baking tray and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until oats are a golden brown color.
Once cooked, take out of the oven and let cool - stir every few minutes so the oats don't stick to the tray. Once your oats are cool enough to touch, pour them into a bowl and mix in the chopped nuts and dried fruit. Serve with yogurt, oatmeal, cereal or whatever you wish.
Doesn't it look like just as good as the store-bought stuff? Or better? :)