Sometimes I find recipes in unexpected places. Sometimes not. But most of the time, a recipe will pop out at me and say, "TRY ME!" And so, I have to try it. I don't know if it's the recipe that's talking, the actual food, or some other voice in my head ... but regardless, it usually results in something yummy (or some kind of experiment.) This recipe here is one of those yummy results: Indulgent Granola or what I'd call "Crazy Good Granola!" The post, which I found on NPR's website, has some other yummy sounding granola-type recipes but I only tried one ... the one that spoke.
I've vowed to keep this stuff in a jar at home and so far, I've been successful. It's great for a quick, filling breakfast and perfect for company! This recipe makes a lot so be sure you have a large glass jar or other air tight container for storage. We dehydrated some strawberries and they really contributed to a delicious batch of granola! I would say to go-all-out on your favorite additions because that's what makes it! Of course, experimenting is always fun and it can easily be split into two for different tastes.
This is what I added: dehydrated strawberries, sweetened dried cranberries, banana chips, and coconut shreds (remember to add dry fruit after the granola has cooled) ... Nuts (raw, unsalted): pistachios, pecans and sunflower seeds. Extras: Carob powder and/or Flax Seeds (ground flax should be added after the granola has cooled as well). Serve with yogurt or your favorite milk beverage (my favorite is Silk Coconut Milk). Mmmm, I think I'll have some right now.
4. Spread granola on prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, for 20-30 minutes. Rotate pans halfway through and watch for browning on the edges-DO NOT LET IT BECOME DARK BROWN (burnt granola does not taste good)!
5. Cool granola completely. Break it up into clusters.
6. Add dried fruit and ground flax seeds (if desired) after the granola is cooled.