Sweet & Salty Honey-Almond Granola

I made possibly the best granola ever this weekend. Ever, you guys. It is sweet and salty and even my little sister who doesn’t like nuts kept eating it.

And there are nuts in it.

(Based on the recipe from Simply Scratch)

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup almond meal (or whole wheat flour, or ground flaxseed. As long as it’s something crunchy/healthy/hippie.)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup cashews (or peanuts, or walnuts. Go nuts. Please don’t hurt me.)
1 teaspoon salt (this granola has a strong salty-sweet contrast. Dial down the salt if that’s not your thing. Weirdo.)

1. Mix the dry.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, almond meal and salt. Good job.

2. Mix the wet.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the honey. Mix them until they look pretty much combined. This is granola, not rocket science, so please don’t over-think this step.

3. Mix the wet and the dry.
Butter or grease one large (9” x 13”) baking sheet or pan. You might want to use two baking sheets if you’re not a lazy human.

I used one.

Pour the dry ingredients into the pan, then pour the honey-butter-vanilla mixture over and mix the shit out of it. This step is easier when using a baking pan with high sides, so if you’re using baking sheets I suggest mixing the wet and dry in a bowl first. This is just a suggestion, though. If you have one of those dogs who eats everything off the floor you’re covered either way.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for ~30 minutes.
Take the pan out at the 15 minute mark and mix up the granola to prevent burnt chunks on the bottom and sides. Unless you’re into that.

Bake for slightly less time if you appreciate chewy granola, and slightly more if you prefer crunchy.

5. Now, put some yogurt in a bowl, scoop some granola over it and dig in, you big ol’ hippie.


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