While tinkering around NPR I came across a recipe for granola. Now, readers will know that I have made a few batches of granola, lost some granola, found granola (did I mention that?), and been searching for more. This recipe is by far the best granola I have made to date. It has spice, crunch, sweet and saltiness, and above all, it clustered for me.
If you have never tried to make granola, and you are a fan then you need to try it. The most difficult task is going to the grocery store to buy ingredients. Then when you get home measure out the oats and sweetness and bake. Simple as that.
The Best Darn Granola
adapted from NPR
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts (I used slivered almonds)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cardamom (I added less because it has a potent flavor)
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup butter
Lightly spray 9×13 rimmed baking sheet, preheat oven to 300. Mix oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a medium bowl. Combing sugar, honey and butter in saucepan. Bring to simmer. Pour over oat mixture. Spread granola on lightly sprayed baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool and crumble. Add 1 cup dried fruit or toasted coconut after cooking. Store in airtight container.