Monday, June 20, 2011

Easy-peezy Overnight Granola

I love this recipe for a quick and easy breakfast or snack option.  My favorite way to eat the granola is sprinkled on top of yogurt with a few chocolate chips mixed in, but it is great by itself with milk and fresh fruit!  This is so easy and delicious, you'll be making this frequently. (Because it doesn't last long!!) 

Overnight (Lazy) Granola

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsps. vanilla
7 cups oats (old fashioned, not quick)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in saucepan.  Bring to a low boil.  Remove from heat and add cinnamon and vanilla.
Pour over oats in a large bowl and stir well.  Spread oats in a jelly roll pan and bake for 10 minutes.  Stir and return pan to oven.  TURN OVEN OFF!!
Let sit for 8 hours (overnight).
Store in an air tight container.

*Edit* Make sure to place parchment paper on your baking pan.  I've noticed that my granola tends to stick otherwise.  The parchment paper makes removing the granola much easier!!

Variations:
1. Maple Pecan: Substitute the honey with maple syrup and add chopped pecans to the oats before baking.
2. With Raisins: After sitting for the 8 hours, stir in raisins.
3. Chocolate Almond:  After the granola has sat for the 8 hours, toast sliced almonds until fragrant (using a pan on the stove).  Stir, along with chocolate chips, into the granola.


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