It's been both an amazing, stressful, and tiresome journey, but I have finally discovered my footing. I feel more secure and I am falling into a pattern where I can complete my work duties while still creating time for hobbies. Since September, I have not baked or taken any gorgeous photos. I have just been grinding in and out of work trying to reach the high expectations I set for myself. I am learning to compromise what I want versus reality. A difficult pill to swallow for a perfectionist like me.
Now it's time to unwind with some homemade granola and yogurt. Yums.
adapted from Baking Unplugged by Nicole Rees
Note: This isn't a very sweet granola, but feel free to increase the sugar up to 1/2 cup to suit your taste. I prefer my granola plain so I don't add any nuts or dried fruits, but you can always add up to 3 cups of nuts or dried fruits.
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg white
3 TBSP oil
3 TBSP honey
2 TBSP water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
4 heaping cups old fashioned oats
3 cups of dried fruits or toasted nuts/seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, egg, oil, honey, water, vanilla, and salt until combined.
- Stir in oats, coat evenly.
- Spread out mixture in an even layer on the pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir granola and push the browned bits toward center of pan.
- Reduce heat to 250°F. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Stir and back for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stir and allow to cool completely.
- Stir in any desired dried fruits or nuts.
- Store at room temperature in an air tight container.