So, let’s be honest, I am not a recipe creator. No matter how much I wish I was, I’m not. I’m so envious of people who know what ingredient is missing, just what to add, or what should be left out – just by taste. But, alas, maybe there’s hope for me after all.
It started with a much needed pantry purge. And just like the well known squirrel reference, I found myself making granola. WITHOUT a recipe! This is scary and uncharted territory. And then this wild hair that I wanted to experiment with what type of sugar would taste the best. Four different types later and I’m pretty proud of my results.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Mix together in large bowl
- 8 cups oats
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 1/8 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup 50% less sugar Craisins
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Separate the above mixture into fourths. Melt 1 cup of butter over low heat on the stove. Mix 1/4 cup of melted butter with the following sweeteners :
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup garlic honey*
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup molasses
Mix each liquid with the divided out dry ingredients. Spread out evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 90 minutes.
Note: this required 2 rounds of the oven, plus the toaster oven to get all 4 baked.
*I made the garlic honey a while back from this funny man’s recipe!