Granola 2.0

GUESS WHAT?!?!?!

After years (okay, it was only 2 months), of having a broken oven, it is officially back in business!

Seriously, I don’t know what’s happening with the oven fixing people, but they really need to get their act together. 8 weeks without an oven is just not okay!

Still, the important thing is that we now have an oven, and I can bake whenever I want without having to make mini batches in the little toaster oven. As much as I love love love that mini oven, it’s nice to be able to get it all done in one go.

Today, I’m enjoying the pleasures of casual baking by whipping up a fantastic after school snack – granola. It’s crunchy, nutty, sweet, and salty, not to mention speedy! What more could you ask from your food?

It makes a great snack/breakfast, especially mixed in with Greek yogurt. It’ll fill you up and give you tons of energy for your crazy day.

And let me tell you, EVERY day of junior year is crazy! I’m taking a bunch of hard classes at school, but so far I really like most of them. Of course, everyone is right about this year being the worst in terms of work – I’m feeling a little swamped. (Enter my morning cup of caffeinated tea.) The granola is helping, obviously. Please go make some. It’s had a few little tweaks to improve it since that last batch, so it’s new, improved, and more delicious than ever.

Nutty Granola

1 1/2 cup of oats

1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed

1/2 cup of raw almonds

1/3 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 tablespoons of canola oil

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1/2 cup of peanut butter chips

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet.

In a bowl, stir together the oats, flaxseed, almonds, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, canola oil, and peanut butter. Dump the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it out into an even layer.

Bake the granola for 15-20 minutes, stirring the granola with a wooden spoon every 5 minutes or so. Remove from oven and stir in the peanut butter chips. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Then, enjoy!

Hope everyone had a lovely Yom Kippur! This was a definitely a yummy way to celebrate being able to eat again 🙂

Deanna

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