I love oats. Oats are my breakfast. I eat oats every. single. day. I love oats in almost any form of culinary delight. Oatmeal, both rolled and steel cut. Muesli. Granola.
This week I ran out of granola and didn't feel like jumping in the car and zooming off to the grocery store just to buy granola. So, I decided to make some. Because of my dietary restriction of no added salt, sugar or oil, all of which most granola recipes include, I had to adapt. I've seen granola recipes which do not have oil, but they are few and far between. So. Here is my Willow's Made Up Granola recipe from yesterday.
Willow's Mix for Basic Granola
Preheat oven to 300F.
3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (you can add, change, whatever spice you like--I've seen cardamon, ginger, nutmeg...)
Here is where you'd add salt, if you wanted to, maybe 1/4 teaspoon
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1/4 cup water (you can use oil, but you don't need to)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*the recipes usually call for brown or white sugar (1/3-1/2 cup) PLUS 1/3 cup of honey or other sweetener. That's waaayyy too sweet for me. I had real maple syrup (thanks, Trader Joe's!) and honey, but I choose maple syrup for this batch, just because.
Put the oats and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir it around. Pour the maple syrup, water and vanilla into another bowl and then pour on to the oats mixture. Stir together. I used my (clean and washed) hands to make sure all the ingredients were evenly mixed. Do this quickly so the oats don't get mushy and soggy.
Scoop the granola on to a large baking tray which has sides (not flat), making sure it's spread evenly around the pan and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring at least once to check that it's not burning. Continue for another 15 minutes or until the oats are toasty brown.
Take out and let cool. Add whatever fruits and nuts you want. I happened to have some pecans and raisins, so that's what's in this batch. Enjoy! Or as we say in Bahasa Indonesia, "Selamat makan!"