You can check out my review of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and know that I adore this book and it’s concept (super easy dough recipe that you store for a few weeks in your fridge and then use as desired – no kneading needed lol). Breaking down food in to the simplest components is one of the best ways to eat – and these peeps make it easy! I have some dough in my fridge waiting to be baked and devoured as I type.
Well, now I’m in more in love with Jeff Hertsberg and Zoe Francois. And it just snuck up on me! I was innocently checking my Facebook feed and it was love (or at least interest) at first sight when I saw a post from AB in 5 about a much loved granola recipe. It was like they knew that I had just told Paul that morning that I needed an easy, healthy and delicious breakfast to quickly and most likely in my office. They posted this recipe for granola created by Zoe’s Aunt Melissa and use it in a granola bread recipe in the book.
So I decided to make this granola. I have no idea why. I’m not a huge granola person. It’s always hard and tears up the roof of my mouth. But I’ve been so happy with my success with the bread recipes from the book, I decided to move forward…and I was bored on Sunday.
I headed over to Aldi to pick up some staples and I grabbed dried cherries and blueberries for a little over $3 a bag to throw in and some dried (sweetened) coconut for $1.25. And then I made another great discovery at Acme…the bulk food bins in the natural food section (I’m going to post about this discovery later today or tomorrow). I picked up all the grains from the bulk food bins needed for the granola – rolled oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and I decided to throw in flax seeds at last-minute for their health benefits for $1.50!! ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY CENTS!!! Shocked, blown away, and excited were just a few emotions that I felt as I paid. And I still have half of all the seeds for my next round of granola.
I already had cinnamon, almonds, honey, vanilla extract, and Ohio maple syrup in my cupboard…But when I went for the canola oil, my cupboard was bare. And then I saw the coconut oil that I had posted about here. I thought to myself, “do I dare?” and I dared. And it paid off! So delicious and I had the health benefits of the coconut oil. I might take the maple syrup, honey, and agave syrup levels down a bit to make up for the sweetness of the sweetened coconut and coconut oil.
Final review: This granola is delicious! It was no trouble to gather the ingredients and the recipe was super easy to follow. Be sure to watch the granola while it’s baking so you don’t over bake it…Like I said, I hate crunchy granola and waited until mine was toasted but not too hard. It has been devoured every morning and afternoon with yogurt, milk, soy milk, and plucked out of the container with bare fingers…Make it, you will love it. And it is easily made using whatever dried fruit and nuts you have on hand or are on sale at your favorite shopping spot.
I’m convinced that part of the reason that this granola was so delicious is because I wore my newly created apron! I made this at the Beginning Machine Sewing class over at Craft Akron. You can check it on Martha’s Craft Akron blog (mine is the pink one).