I don't have a laundry day per se, but somehow I almost always end up doing multiple loads of laundry on Monday. I should do it on Saturday, and always have high aspirations to do so, but the procrastinator and busy mom in me usually puts it off until Monday. So today between loads I decided to add a little excitement to my life (if granola is this exciting it tells you just a little bit about my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way!) by making a batch of my sister Kate's granola. And then I decided, "why should I have all the fun?" And so I'm going to share this simple recipe with you, I hope Katie doesn't mind.
4 cups old-fashioned oats (much better than quick oats I promise)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 Tbsp. flax seed (I use ground because Dr. Oz says you'll never digest it whole. Katie uses whole. I listen to Dr. Oz. Katie is a maverick with undigested flax seeds floating around her stomach.)
1/4 cup (heaping) packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (heaping) canola oil (you could try olive oil)
1/4 cup (heaping) honey
(Do you sense a heaping pattern here? Put a little extra of everything to make it more chewy:)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Add a sprinkle of salt on all the granola before it goes into the oven. I use Kosher.
In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, almonds and flax seed, set aside. In a saucepan combine brown sugar, oil, honey, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat. Spread on large cookie sheet, sprinkle with a little (I said little here) salt, and bake at 325 for 12-14 minutes. Katie's secret is to let the granola cool in the pan unstirred so that it hardens together, then you'll get big chunks of chewy granola which are great for on the go!
I store the granola in a Ziploc baggie, but buy enough ingredients to make two batches because this won't last long!
Hallie has been waiting like this for quite some time for Dallas to get home from school. I'm not sure, but I think she's got an activity in mind for them upon his return...