Oh, Ranger! Granola

June 24, 2010, 9:28 am

The beauty of making your own granola is that you can put whatever you want into it, just like another famous trail treat, Good Old Raisins and Peanuts (GORP). That means that making the world’s best breakfast is easy (very easy) and almost impossible to mess up. If you were making a salad and you love cucumbers, you’d add more cucumbers, right? And if you didn’t like tomatoes, you wouldn’t put them in! It’s still going to end being a salad. The same is true of granola. If you like a lot of seeds, put in a lot of seeds. If you don’t like seeds, send your extras to our office.

Below is some sort of framework, but play around with it, and remember that it’s summer and that fresh fruit is always better than dried. If you don’t have access to good blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, then raisins, cranberries or dried apples work beautifully.

2 cups of rolled oats (not the instant kind)
Honey and/or Agave Nectar/Maple Syrup
Flax Seeds
½ cup Unsweetened Coconut
Sliced Almonds (in the baking aisle)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Put the oats in bowl and pour on enough honey to get the oats a little wet, around 2/3 of a cup. If you don’t like it sweet, use less honey. And if you prefer the taste of agave or maple syrup, use one of them instead. Throw in around ¼ cup of pepitas, ¼ cup of flax seeds and your coconut. Then toss in the almonds. Almonds are a favorite in the Oh, Ranger! office, so we tend to use around a ½ cup. Shake some cinnamon in there (you can never have too much cinnamon, so start around 2 teaspoons) and a teaspoon of vanilla. Mix it up, spread it out on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 350 until it gets crispy, around 20 minutes. Take it out, let it cool, throw in some raisins, and put it in that pretty little Ball jar you never get to use.

When it’s time to eat your granola, try cutting up some strawberries and adding copious amounts of fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and/or bananas. Pour on some milk or yogurt and have a great summer.