We've been eating a lot of smoothies lately but I wanted something a little different and instead made yogurt parfaits. Turns out parfaits are way easier than smoothies so that's an added bonus. Anyhoo, here's the recipe for granolly. I think coconut oil adds a little something special to the granola but you could also use canola or vegetable oil. Avoid using an oil that's super heavy or strong-tasting. I also have a bad habit of slightly burning my granola so putting it back in the oven after turning the heat on ensures it continues to cook without scorching.
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300. Mix oats, brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix oil, honey and vanilla together. Pour oil mixture over oats mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in a pan that's been liberally sprayed with cooking spray. Cook for 10 minutes, stir granola well, turn off the oven and put the granola back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Let cool completely and store in a tightly sealed container.
Makes just under 2 cups
Adapted from Epicurious' Vanilla-Scented Granola