The problem I encountered was that almost all granola recipes I found call for rolled oats and I've only got Quick 1-Minute Quaker Oats at home with me today. (and going to the store was just out of the question. way too lazy.)
I found one recipe, this one, and modified it to suit my tastes and ingredients on hand.
It is fabulous! I am afraid it's going to be gone before breakfast tomorrow as we all keep grabbing handfuls when we pass by the jar of it on the countertop.
You will need:
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts or seeds
- 1/2 cup wheat germ, wheat bran or ground flaxseed (or any combo of those 3 to equal 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes (or shredded coconut if that's what you've got)
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Before storing I added about a cup of blueberry-flavored Craisins. Sound creepy? They are actually quite good and flavored with real blueberry juice, grape juice and, of course, sugar. :)
- Preheat oven to 250. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon and wheat germ combo.
- In a separate bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, vegetable oil, maple syrup, water, salt, and vanilla. Stir well; then pour into the oat mixture, and stir. Spread out on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before serving. (if you can stand it. I was picking those toasted coconut flakes out almost immediately.)
This granola doesn't clump but the oats do get nice and crunchy. It is delicious plain and I think it will be just as good over yogurt or in a bowl, plain, with some soy milk.