My mister and I developed a wretched cold over the weekend.
Laying on the couch, tissues askew, trying our best not to move or talk too much. It's crappy enough when one person is sick, but when you're both hit at the same time, it's brutal.
Therefore, neither one of us really felt like cooking anything this weekend, and I was very selective about what sounded good. Lots of soup, hot tea, orange juice, and this:
Comforting, nourishing granola. Eaten with a warmed bowl of summer fruit. Good thing I made this granola before I got sick.
It's super-easy to make and the flavors are simple, but spectacular together. Don't skimp out on the cardamom. Seriously. It needs to be in there.
Also, I have tangoed many a time with granola and usually ended up burning it. The trick is to stir it often - every 5 minutes or so, and also take it out as soon as it starts to turn golden because it continues to bake for a few more minutes after you've taken it out.
Homemade Cardamom & Vanilla Granola
*based on Crunchy-Good Cardamom Granola in Naturally, Danny Seo
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine oats and almonds in a large bowl.
3. Whisk together maple syrup, canola oil, cardamom, vanilla, and salt until thoroughly combined.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry; mix thoroughly with a spoon until evenly coated.
5. Transfer granola to the baking sheet. Use the spoon to spread evenly.
6. Bake approximately 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden, stirring frequently. Do NOT overbake.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before eating.
This granola is super-simple and a good base for adding other ingredients as you'd like - dried cranberries or cherries, zest of an orange, sunflower seeds - whatever combination sounds good to you.
And as mentioned above, I especially like this with previously frozen fruit that I stuck in the oven and warmed up for a bit. I used a summer blend of fruit - strawberries, blackberries, and peaches - and placed them in a oven-proof bowl and baked them at 350 for 15 minutes. It's so good. You don't even need to add any additional sugar.
Happy Monday, friends!
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