When I am between bags of Hello Granola, I like to make this kind, myself.
I got the recipe from inspired taste, and the original recipe is for some delicious chewy granola bars. The recipe is delicious and they absolutely stick together and are chewy. They are every inch as advertised.
But after making them, I decided that I wanted to tweak it a little to make some sweet crunchy granola, not as a bar.
The recipe calls for heating the butter, honey and brown sugar in a pan until dissolved. Then adding to the toasted oats, nuts and fruit.
I am a complete freak for the seeds, and have added them to my personal incarnation of the recipe.
Here it is:
- 2 1/2 cups (230 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (80 grams) whole almonds or cashews or pistachios… coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup (113 grams) honey
- 1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cherries, coarsely chopped
- as many of the following seeds I feel like throwing in- sunflower, flax, and pumpkin seeds (all toasted)
Mix the oats and raw nuts and/or seeds onto a cookie sheet. Toast in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes, toss, then another 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, cook the honey, butter and brown sugar in a pan to the hard ball stage (or even a little hotter). Once this stage is reached, remove from heat, and let sit a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and stir it in.
When the dry ingredients are done toasting, and still very hot (within 5 minutes) place them in a large mixing bowl, and pour the liquid from the saucepan over the oat mixture. Add the fruit, and any already toasted nuts/seeds, and mix completely.
Once they are completely incorporated, spread the mixture out on the roasting pan, and allow to cool. Stir the mixture of crumbles several times as it cools to break up clumps and form new ones.
When cool, store it in a mason jar with tight fitting lid. If you like it super-crunchy, store in the fridge. Enjoy as a cereal or in your handcrafted yogurt for a delicious crunch!