Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Granola Cries for Help

I am trying to perfect a granola recipe, mostly because I neeeeed to eat breakfast in the morning, and I'd like something quick that I can "grab and go" if necessary. Lately I've taken to staring in the pantry and whining, "we don't have anything to just pick up and eat." To which Boyfriend replies, "we decided it's not ethical to 'just pick up and eat' things."

Blah blah blah, I know he's right. But I'm sleepy and grumpy in the mornings and it would behoove both of us if there were something I could prepare in advance to be eaten quickly. Granola is what I'm trying at present, but suggestions are welcome.

Here's what I've done:

Poured maybe 3/4 cup of olive oil in a bowl, added a drizzle (less than 1/4 cup) of honey, warmed it in the microwave to soften the honey, and tossed in several cups of rolled oats--just enough for them to be coated in the oil/honey mixture.

Oh, I throw in some cinnamon and nutmeg too, with a pinch of salt.

Then I spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake it at around 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, add dried cranberries, let it cool, and put it in a big jar.

It's not bad, but it has an almost burnt flavor. Definitely not the light crunch of boxed granola. Maybe I am using too much oil, or cooking at too high a temperature. I will continue to play around with these factors.

Meanwhile, help! What else could I be doing wrong? What other breakfast items could I pre-make?

Honestly, I don't see why Boyfriend can't just get up half an hour earlier and make me a delicious breakfast every day. Seems totally fair.


  1. So I attempted granola the other weekend (more like I was instructed). We put molasses in it and I really do not recommend that. It magnifies the burnt taste. But please keep me posted on your perfect granola quest as it is way too expensive to purchase.

    Great breakfast idea: scrambled eggs with veggies and salsa wrapped in a tortilla with a side of bacon (i prefer turkey bacon). it's yummy and super fast. but the boy should be making you breakfast.

  2. "Boyfriend! Make me breakfast in bed!"