Granola for Graduates

Yum! Perfect distraction from/compliment to heme/onc studying

I went to a pretty liberal/hippie college for undergrad and upon graduation they gave all the graduates a book full of our favorite recipes from the dining hall. I’m sure some of you are like “there’s such a thing as a good dining hall food?!” and yes, there is, and the granola is one of the best things in the book. It would have to be good granola to attract so many hippies, right? I’m procrastinating studying for an exam next week and decided to make granola to munch on while I study. The recipe below isn’t conducive to super huge chunks, so if you want to make it a little clumpier, just add 1/4 cup (ish?) less oats.  I think they gave us this specific recipe because they know that granola is usually expensive and that we would all be poor after graduation. This is significantly cheaper than buying granola in the store so find a way to make it yours and thank me later. If anyone has any favorite add-ins or granola suggestions share below!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp  (or 10 tbsps for those of you who don’t want to dirty two measuring things) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups oats (old fashioned or quick oats, people seem to have a preference between those but I still don’t know what the difference is)

Here’s what to do: 

  • Preheat oven to 260. (No, that’s not a typo…)

    This is what your oil/sugar/syrup mixture should look like before you add the oats. See how it’s all about the same color but not boiling?

  • Mix everything except the oats over low-medium heat until it is light brown and well mixed (meaning you can’t see the different ingredients). Don’t let this boil or it will burn and be icky.
  • Mix in the oats and stir until they are well covered
  • Spread onto cookie sheets (I would suggest using 2 but that’s up to you). Also, the cookie sheets don’t need to be greased or lined or anything. If you want to, you can line them with parchment paper. Please note that that is different than wax paper. I didn’t know that until recently and I set off my smoke detector. Twice.
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven, stir/flop the granola around the pan
  • Bake for 15 more minutes.

Oats all covered in the oil/sugar/syrup mixture

After being baked! Yum!

 

Enjoy! Eat for breakfast, snack, or dinner (or in my case, all 3 because I hate cooking and Ben’s out of town)

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