coconut oil honey almond granola

 Homemade granola is something to file under: "way too easy" and "never buy store version again".

I can almost guarantee that I won't stick to that promise... but homemade granola is beyond easy. It is also super quick. I'm not sure why, but I had it in my head that making granola would be slightly more intensive of a process. This was quite literally 15 minutes of which 10 were in the oven.

I made this on impulse one Sunday evening after making a Vegetarian Lentil Shepherds Pie. I stumbled upon the recipe via Pinterest and realized I had all the ingredients - except vanilla extract. My sister stole my extract months ago... and this was really the first time I've missed it. I know its not the same, but I just use almond extract instead and everyone is still alive and happy.

The minute this granola came out of the oven I was eating it off the pan. It is literally amazing. While you are theoretically supposed to let it cool before breaking it apart, I just went at it while still a little sugary and gooey from the oven. I immediately began to text people that I knew would care. No regrets.
I've actually eaten more of this granola from the jar... as opposed to on yogurt. The top picture is from my "home office" during one of the 34 blizzards this winter. This probably defeats the purpose of granola but I don't care. It has to be better than eating Reese Cups from the freezer.

Here's how it goes.

(Step 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(Step 2) In a food processor or blender, pulse half of the almonds until they are very finely chopped. Pour them into a large bowl. Then chop the other half of the almonds coarsely, and pour them into the same bowl.
(Step 3) Pour the oats, salt, and brown sugar into the bowl with the almonds and stir to combine.
(Step 4) In a small microwaveable bowl, combine honey and coconut oil, and heat for 10-20 seconds until the coconut oil is melted. Stir to dissolve the coconut oil, and add the almond extract.
(Step 5) Pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir so that they are evenly coated.
(Step 6) Pour the oats evenly onto a  parchment lined baking sheet (helpful if it has sides).
(Step 7) Bake the oats for 5 minutes, and then stir them around. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
(Step 8)  Pull from the oven and let cool completely. After the granola is cool and harder, break the granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.

Shopping List
1 cup almonds, divided
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon almond extract 

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