I decided this yesterday. After I made granola.
I'm working on some 'provisions' for my booty sistas (and brothas) for this weekend's Warrior Dash. One of those 'provisions', which is my today project, requires granola.
And, as you know if you've been around for a while, I have this 'thing' (issue, perhaps?) with purchasing stuff I know I can make myself. It
So I made granola. And the neat thing about granola is that you can basically clean out your cupboards because there really aren't any 'rules' as to 'what' you have to put in your granola. And that's just plain awesome.
On a hunt for rolled oats in my pantry, I found roughage in the form of flax and sesame seeds. Because everybody knows awesome granola is all about the roughage. And the taste. And this granola? I swear it will turn you into a granola head before you even know what hit you.
'It tastes like an oatmeal cookie!' said
So, off you go, hippie people. Make some granola. Because it's so much better that Lucky Charms.
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch mace (less than 1/4 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons agave nectar plus a bit more for drizzling
1/4 cup brown sugar, simply scooped, not packed down
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seeds, sesame seeds, coconut, cinnamon, mace and salt. Using your clean hands, toss to ensure everything is evenly incorporated.
In a smaller bowl, combine oil, agave, brown sugar and vanilla. Using a fork, whip it until combined and smooth.
Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and use your clean hands to mix well, squeezing and pressing it together.
Once everything is completely incorporated, spread your granola mixture evenly onto your parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes then, using a spatula, gently flip your granola and move it around a bit, paying special attention to the sides of the pan because that is where your granola will brown first.
Drizzle just a bit more agave nectar in a zig zag formation on top of your granola and bake another 10 minutes then gently flip again to ensure the granola at the edges of the pan isn't browning faster than the rest.
Check your granola at this point. If it is lightly toasty brown, turn the oven off and let it sit in there for another 5 minutes or so. If it is not yet toasty brown, continue to bake in 5 minute intervals, checking as you go, until it is toasty brown.
Once you are happy with the 'toast' on your granola, remove from oven, sprinkle raisins on top and use your spatula to gently incorporate. Then allow granola to fully cool on the pan.
When fully cool, transfer to an airtight container. Or eat it right away. Or use it in a recipe.
This granola is fantastic straight up or paired with So Delicious coconut milk. It also makes a fantastic soy or coconut yogurt topper. And as I said, it is lovely in any type of homemade goody which requires granola.
It is filling and homey with the aroma and flavor of cinnamon, mace and raisins. Like an oatmeal cookie. Only healthier. And appropriate for breakfast. Wait. Cookies aren't appropriate for breakfast? :)