You often hear people refer to themselves as either a “morning person” or a “night person”. I often chuckle when someone asks me this question, because if I was to be completely honest, I would have to say that I am neither.
Most evenings I end up falling asleep on the couch while Josh either works on school work or watches tv. His standard line when we rent a movie is, “Are you going to stay awake to watch this with me?” I try. I really do. But when my eyelids start getting heavy, I’m a sucker for giving in and floating into dreamland.
Mornings. Don’t even get me started. I’m one of those people that has to set 5 alarms and hit the snooze button 5 times in between each alarm. My husband loves it. Not. I’m pretty sure he takes a severe disliking to me every morning. That is, until I decide to make a delicious breakfast. Because you see, the old saying rings true, “The easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
One of our favorite breakfasts is granola. And for the last few months I’ve been searching for the perfect granola recipe. The various recipes I tried were either too dry, too mushy, too many spices…you get the idea. I was looking for a simple recipe, with a short ingredient list of items I already had in my pantry.
Well friends, I’ve found a winner. I headed on over to one of my favorite blogs, A Couple Cooks, and found a simple recipe that checked all the boxes on my list. It only took a few minutes to whip up and just like that, we now have homemade granola on our breakfast table.
Vanilla Almond Granola
Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks
- 3 cups of rolled oats (I used Trader Joe’s gluten free)
- 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/8 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir well to combine.
- Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes, stiring every 15 minutes. The granola should be golden brown when finished.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. The granola will become hard and clumped together.
- Break the granola into pieces and store in an airtight container.
*Add in your own mix-in’s for a unique granola combination. I like adding dried cranberries and coconut to the granola once it has cooled. Josh likes adding chocolate chips.