Last week we got more snow. More snow! Just after I had put away my thick snow gloves because I was certain that the imminent arrival of March meant that winter was over.
Apparently, I was wrong.
Despite how bored I am with winter weather, I decided that I would not let it get me down. So on Sunday I went for a nice long walk with Julio in Central Park. Although we came home soaking wet from nose to tail, the walk was a lot of fun. We did our best to avoid the slopes of children shrieking on sleds and instead wandered the rambles, enjoying being in the midst of something at least reminiscent of “the great outdoors.”
When we came home, in addition to desperately needing a bath, we were hungry for something warm and toasty. So I made up a batch of this granola and it hit the spot. I find winter weather is much easier to handle when there’s a cinnamon-oatmeal-toasted-pecan smell coming from one’s oven. The only thing lovelier than the aroma is that this recipe came together with about 5 minutes of active time. And now I have a delicious homemade breakfast for the next week! Or a topping for buttermilk ice cream. Or an afternoon snack. Or a mid-morning snack. Or . . . well let’s just say there are plenty of reasons one can think of to eat this. So far my favorite is combining this with Andrés’s homemade yogurt and a handful of frozen blueberries.
The best part of making granola is that you can make it your own. If you don’t like one type of nut, go ahead and sub in another. And if you don’t have an ingredient feel free to leave it out. As long as you have the basic ratio of dry to wet ingredients, you’re good to go. What I’ve written down is how I made the granola above but many others have blogged on this same recipe, so you can check out what they have to say.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Feast
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
Spread granola on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300 F for ~45 minutes, stirring the granola every ten minutes. The granola is done when it is lightly browned and smells toasty. It won’t be crisp as soon as it comes out of the oven, but if you let it cool it will get there. Store granola in an airtight container.