I have no idea what day it is. Two days at home this week has really thrown off my internal clock. All day I kept thinking it was Monday. I suppose I should be happy that it’s Thursday and not Monday because that means tomorrow is Friday. It is also jeans day which is an extra bonus. Because wearing dress clothes when there’s a foot of snow on the ground is a crime against humanity.
The Blizzard of Oz is over but here’s another recipe I whipped up during my confinement at home – Maple Almond Granola. Homemade granola is the best. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. Granola was the subject of one of my very first posts on this blog. Actually, I’m just looking back at that recipe now and discovering that it is very similar to the one I made yesterday. Ha.
Maple Almond Granola
Inspired by Almond Maple Granola on All Recipes
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup oat bran
1/3 cup+ pepitas
6 tbsp brown sugar
6 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp warm water
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix oats, almonds, oat bran and pepitas in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, syrup, oil, water and salt until combined. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Spread on a jelly roll pan or any large baking pan with sides. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. (I actually baked mine for 1 hr 30 minutes because I forgot about it and it turned out fine.)
Granola is so versatile. If you don’t have oat bran or pepitas, just leave them out. Or throw in something else. I honestly added those because I had some in the pantry that needed to be used. Pretty much anything goes with granola.
I thought this version turned out great. I’ve already enjoyed it stirred into yogurt and on top of my oatmeal. Oats on oats? Yep.
This batch gave me one full quart jar and one full pint jar.
I actually had an alterior motive for making the granola. I want to incorporate it into another recipe I hope to try this weekend.
Ok now just for fun, here’s a picture of the weird snow wall that formed between two of our cars:
That is so bizzare! Good night!