Homemade Granola

_MG_5822We have a special guest today from none other than my PIC, Ari King. He took a little time off from his radio show to share a recent cooking project.  –Maren_MG_5816Although I am usually the one on ‘dish patrol’ (as my mom always puts it), I’m occasionally able to give my scoundrel a respite when it comes to cooking. True, this recipe doesn’t exactly translate to “Hey, I’ll take care of dinner tonight, you’ve had a long day” but it does show an effort has been made and it is pretty tasty._MG_5821

I’m going to come right out and say it: I love cereal. I love it. I love it for breakfast and I love it for dessert. But, I recently chose to cut back on the sweet cereal (Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and look into different types of granola. Each grocery and health food store I went to carried granola but it was always so expensive. I decided to just make the granola myself and, like most amateur kitchen-dwellers, I Googled recipes and got 22,000,000 results in 0.57 seconds and drove myself crazy trying to find the perfect one before  settling on this one from Bon Appétit. The good thing about making your own granola is that beyond the essentials – oats, nuts, olive oil, sweetener – you can add whatever you want. I threw in flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut shreds, and added goji berries and currants on top._MG_5823

And a little something extra:

*If you are feeling really groovy, toss in some chocolate chips. Go head. It’s cool.

*Imagine eating a toasted cloud. Put some granola on top of your delicious yogurt and you can know that feeling. Add fruit if you are into that kind of thing.

*Hungry between meals? Grab a fistful and tilt your head back and throw it in your mouth like popcorn at the movies.

Homemade Granola (adapted from Bon Appétit)

Preheat oven to 300°. Combine 1 large beaten egg white, 3 cups old-fashioned oats, 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (we used cashews), 1 1/2 cups unsweetened dried coconut, 1/2 cup agave syrup, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon in a large bowl; toss to combine. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake granola, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and dry, 40-45 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet (it will crisp as it cools).
Mix in 1 cup dried fruit, such as currants, raisins, cherries or cranberries.