You really can’t go wrong with this Anything Goes Granola. You choose what mix-ins you like, bake it, and you have a nutritious breakfast or healthy snack.
Most of you know that my wife has been away for the last 3 months or so. She’s serving in the Air Force and is away at tech school, so I have had to learn how to be a strong and supportive military spouse. I will say that the strong part has not been all that easy. There have been many rough days for me, but I have learned that supporting my wife and being the positive force that she needs is really helpful in getting me through the hard days.
For the first eight weeks that she was gone, all I could do was send her letters. No care packages. No homemade goodies. Just plain old fashioned letters. In all honesty, the letters were fantastic. It was nice to get back to pouring our hearts out on paper and really appreciate one another. But I really wanted to be able to send her packages. Things from home. Things to make life more comfortable.
So now that she’s in tech school, I’m able to send her packages. One thing she told me is that everyone just eats all the time. During briefings. During class. All the time. Just snack snack snack. So she was worried she would fall into that and gain the “Tech School 15.” So instead of all the junk food available to her at the stores, I wanted to be sure to send her a little more of a healthier snack that she can munch on throughout the day.
I was actually planning on making granola bars. But one thing I learned about making granola bars is that if it doesn’t all work out, you can generally just turn it into granola. And that’s exactly what happened here. My granola bars broke apart when I went to cut them. So instead of getting mad at myself and the recipe. I just broke it all apart, threw it in a bag, and called it good. No harm no foul!
And the thing I love most about this recipe is how versatile it is. You pick the things you like, and just start adding handfuls. It’s that simple. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it. Just remember not to add anything that will melt in the oven when you bake it. Like chocolate. That can be added after the granola has been baked and cooled.
Otherwise, mix it all up, coat it in gooey goodness, bake it up, and get your snack on! I know my wife has been grateful to have a healthier snack than Doritos and candy all day long. I think you would be too!
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey or agave
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup flax seeds
- mix-ins of your choice (handfuls of each):
- raisins or craisins
- any dried fruit
- nuts of your choice: almonds , peanuts, cashews, macadamias
- carob chips
- sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, combine almond butter and agave or honey over medium heat. Stir occasionally until smooth and melted. Remove from heat.
Combine all remaining ingredients, except for and chocolate/carob, in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle almond butter and sweetener mixture over the oats mixture. Stir to coat all the ingredients.
Once mixed thoroughly, spread oats out evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly golden.
Cool completely, and then add any chocolate or carob chips to the mixture.
Store in a large plastic bag or container. Serve by itself, with almond milk, with yogurt and berries, or any other way that sounds delicious to you.