I was very inspired yesterday by Meghann's blogger bake sale, and sadly, I did not win Whitney's Customizable Granola. So, I made my own, using ingredients I had on hand.
In the mix:
- 3 cups oats
- 3 T. ground flax
- 1/2 c. cashew butter
- 1/3 c. honey
- 1 T. vanilla
- 1/2 t. salt
- dried cranberries
To start, I toasted the oats for 10 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees, stirring halfway through. Then I mixed the remaining ingredients (except the cranberries) in a small saucepan over medium heat until warm and smooth. I poured the cashew butter mixture over the oats, stirred to coat, and spread it out evenly on the sheet pan. Then I baked at 200 degrees for approximately 40 minutes, stirring every 10. Finally, I mixed in the cranberries and let the granola cool before storing in an air-tight container.
I packed some up in bags to take to my classmates and a small container to take to work today for a snack. I wasn't sure how I wanted to eat it, but then I thought about the yogurt/granola combinations I always see around the blog world and put the granola on top of my honey flavored Chobani:
Delicious and very filling! I will probably have a repeat of this snack tomorrow afternoon.
Now it's time to do some packing (I'm moving into my new apartment Friday, and the wedding is in 53 days!). I'll leave you tonight with some springtime pictures, taken right outside of my apartment!