24 April 2013: Yogurt with Honey and Crazy Good Nut-Free Granola and Dried Blueberries

lunch on 24 April 2013: whole milk yogurt with crazy good granola and dried blueberries

lunch on 24 April 2013: whole milk yogurt with crazy good granola and dried blueberries

Granola is one of those things that is super easy to make. It is also fairly cheap, since the main ingredient is rolled oats. I haven’t done a cost analysis on homemade granola versus packaged cereal because, well, I don’t know how to do a cost analysis. However, I suspect that it’s cheaper than many fancy whole grain (!) organic (!) healthy (!) cereals. A couple of days ago I made a batch of Crazy Good Granola. In fact, this granola is so good, it might just make you cry. I used Melissa Clark’s Olive Oil Granola as a starting point, but I modified it to be nut-free and a little less sweet. For today’s lunch, I made a little yogurt parfait with plain whole milk yogurt, honey, Crazy Good Granola and dried blueberries. It always seems like a granola parfait should be served with a sweeter sandwich, so I made sunflower seed butter and blueberry jam sandwiches. Strawberries and a few chocolate chips complete this delicious lunch. Oh, and that Crazy Good Granola was my crazy good breakfast this morning:

Crazy Good Granola with plain yogurt, almond milk and fresh strawberries

Crazy Good Granola with plain yogurt, almond milk and fresh strawberries

*Cooking Tip: Crazy Good Granola (adapted from the genius food writer Melissa Clark)

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pepitas
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread mixture on a foil or parchment lined rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until golden brown and well toasted. Let the granola cool completely before putting it in a big glass jar. I kept this granola pretty plain, because sometimes the kiddos can get picky about dried fruit. “I’m not really crazy about raisins.” “I don’t really like these dried apricots.” Of course, you can make granola to your own personal taste and dietary needs. That’s why granola is the best thing ever. I love granola with golden raisins, dried apricots and cashews. Pistachios and unsweetened coconut chips are also nice add-ins. You can even use pureed dates as a sweetener if you don’t want to add any sugar, honey or syrup. I’ve tried lots of different granola recipes, but this one is my new favorite.

Big Jar of Crazy Good Granola

Big Jar of Crazy Good Granola

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