Tuesday, January 8, 2013

honey bunches of oats granola



As I sat at my desk, wearing my fuzzy Ugg slippers, with a big mug of chamomile and an even bigger packet of derivations and proofs, all I could think about is how badly I want to be in the kitchen.


I wanted to feel the warmth of the oven on my face, and pound out my frustrations in butter and sugar.  I hardly recognized my yoga pants without two big hand-prints of flour on them, and my camera looked so unfamiliar without any big, buttery thumbprints.  All I wanted to do is bake something.

So, being the savvy procrastinator that I am, I came up with an excuse why I had to get my hands on my Kitchen Aid.


In order to perform well on my exams, I needed a breakfast fit for a champion. Granola sounded good.  Then my inner procrastinator's started to kick in:
Maybe this granola will knock those facts about the Hundred Years War out of me!
Maybe this will power me through that last derivation! 
Done. This granola had to be made. ASAP.
Those flashcards can wait...


So now on to the granola.  I bet that we can all agree that the best part of Honey Bunches of Oats are the "honey bunches" -- or the little granola clusters.  The recipe that I'm about to share with you all is pure magic, because it turns regular Honey Bunches of Oats into pure granola!  Since I've been obsessed with brown butter lately, I browned the butter in this recipe.  Brown butter really takes the ordinary to the extraordinary. 

What do you like to eat when you have a big test?
With love,
Erica


Ingredients 

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 325, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Mix the cereal, flax seed, and oats together, and pour onto the cookie sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small saucepan, brown the butter, once the butter is bubbly and aromatic, add the brown sugar.  Add the vanilla and stir until everything is well combined and the butter is melted, then remove from heat. 

Pour the oat mixture into a large bowl.  Add the butter mixture, cashews and cranberries to the oat mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.  Add the cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Pour it back onto the baking sheet and spread it out evenly, while pressing down firmly.  Place in oven and cook 20-30 minutes or until golden brown (do not overcook), stirring occasionally.  Remove from oven and let it cool completely before storing in an air tight container.


Adapted from Little B Cooks

17 comments:

  1. I love homemade granola! You can add so many flavours to it ... too bad i have to use this braces for 1 year and i cant eat that kind of things! Poor me!

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    1. Awww :( That sucks. Try my Five Seed almond bars! They're super healthy, and taste very granola-y, but should be safe to eat with braces.
      http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/07/five-seed-almond-bars.html

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  2. I love this! I've been absolutely *hankering* to get into the kitchen (it's also cram time over here--surprise surprise...), and I know what you mean about the therapeutic power of flour-covered clothes. Granola sounds great atm!

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    1. Completely! Are you going to bake anything during exams?

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    2. I'm planning on making something stellar tonight, in fact--you should keep your eyes peeled for it, I'm very excited ;) good luck with yours!

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    3. Awesome! I cannot wait to see it -- please send me a link when it's up!

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  3. That granola looks so good! Granola is one of my favorite breakfasts/after-school snacks; once I get a handful, I can't stop.

    I can totally sympathize with your situation, because I am going through the same exact thing. Finals are in 2 weeks, and all I did yesterday afternoon was make almond frangipane tarts :) The only thing that's motivating me is 2nd semester of senior year around the corner! Good luck on your exams!

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    1. I would love to try your granola recipe! I have been trying various recipes and want to find a favorite :). Lucky! I am so jealous of any 2nd semester senior. I've still got 4 more semesters to go before I'm there :/

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  4. Nicely done! Good luck on those exams :)

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  5. I feel that way when I haven't been in the kitchen in awhile either! This granola looks crunchy and tasty and perfect!

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    1. Thank you! You should totally try it (and don't forget to add some of that magical brown butter!).

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  6. This looks so yummy! I love chunky granola recipes but simple oatmeal recipes are just so classic. I would love to try this recipe with Honey Bunches of Oats.

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  7. Did you use raw cashews or roasted/salted ones? Sounds FAB! Good luck on exams :) I used to eat insane amounts of Girl Scout thin mints while studying-not gonna say how many years ago that was HA! Love your blog.

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    1. I used raw cashews, because they get roasted when you put them in the oven with the granola! I love thin mints! Thin mints, samoas and those lemon ones are my all time favorite girl scout cookies. Thanks so much!

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  8. Whhaaaaaaaaaaaat honey bunches of oats + brown butter + granola?? ALL. THE. THINGS.

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    1. I KNOW! My mind was blown when I saw this recipe!

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