Saturday, November 9, 2013

Winging it Granola Style

When the chill is in the air, I'd say its only natural to tap into your inner home maker and whip out the apron. To not desire that warm apple cinnamon smell wafting through the kitchen is simply un-american. However, Chill is NOT in the air here is Arizona... but what can you do?
When Saturday rolls around, Its like Santa just dropped off hours of available me time right on the doorstep. I used to bake all the time and lately, I've just flat out been slacking and something needs to change. In honor of this, I am endowing you with the greatest granola recipe of all time. You're welcome.

These pictures are from a previous granola experiment of mine that was ok, but not the best. I made a big no-no meaning I put the Craisins in before I baked it. Don't do it. They turn sour and straight-up nasty. Put them in after and you will be a happy camper. Thankfully, that's not the recipe I'm giving you. You are getting THE BEST one out there. (And when I say the best, I mean it!) Are you convinced yet? 

Though getting married to my sweet husband has a loooong list of perks, I'd have to say getting this granola recipe from his phenomenal Aunt Kim is easily in the top ten. This is the first granola that passed up candy to eat. It is delightful. And the sweetened condensed milk doesn't hurt either ;) 

I didn't snap photos before it was cooked because, let's be honest, I couldn't pull my fat face away from this snack long enough to find a camera. So, pay attention more to the recipe than the counterfeit photos!

I've lovingly named it "Aunt Kim's Coconut Crack Granola." Because it's just that good.
The recipe goes as follows:

4 C old-fashioned oats
1C shredded coconut
1/2 C canola oil
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 C chopped pecans (can be substituted with almonds... but come on...)
1/2 tsp salt
I added some Flax seeds to make it more filling :)

Mix all dry ingredients together, drizzle oil and milk over, stir and spread on cookie sheet. (one batch fits Costco size)

Bake at 350 for 15 mins, stir, bake for another 5-25 minutes still golden brown.. Stir as go!
Here's what it should look like after:

This is one recipe you will wonder how you've lived this long without!

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