Okay, so you're totally going to want to make out with this granola. It's THAT GOOD.
I'm actually ready to promise you that it's the best ever. Why? To illustrate my grand gesture of a point, let's talk about why Tina and Amy are the best ever. Actually, first let's watch why Tina and Amy are the best ever.
(That George Clooney joke is one of the greatest jokes ever written in the history of the world.)
A lot of people are good at telling jokes, writing books, creating comedy television, and being generally awesome. But what happens when you put it all together in a bowl and the add the mind-blowing chemistry of Tina and Amy? Magic, y'all. Magic happens.
Tina and Amy aren't the best ever because they're the funniest or the smartest or the kindest or the most creative; they're the best because they have enough of all of those things to create something great plus the extra bit of chemistry when they're together makes them the best. When you have the right ingredients in the perfect combination, it's hard to beat. Tina and Amy can't be beat, and neither can this granola. Good-enough-to-make-out-with granola.
It's the best I've ever tasted, and even though better tasting recipes probably exist, when you add in how easy it is to throw together, how few ingredients it uses, how much it makes you feel like a rockstar, and how versatile it is (on yogurt, in milk, on ice cream, by the handful, as a crumble topping for a baked fruit dessert, etc.), it's easily the best. Hands down. I'm not sure I'll ever be tempted to make another granola again.
Try this, please. Right now. It will LITERALLY change your life, and if you said that in a Chris Traeger voice, we're already friends.
- 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds (or sliced, even whole ones that you chop a little)
- 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut (unsweetened is fine, too)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 vegetable or canola oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Preheat the oven to 250. Yes, 250. Not 350.
- Grab your tools - a medium mixing bowl, a 1 cup measuring cup, a 1/2 cup measuring cup, a teaspoon, a spatula or big spoon, and a large baking sheet. That's all you need... at least to have the fewest dishes which is always my biggest goal.
- Use your 1 cup measure to measure the oats, almonds, and coconut into the bowl. Three and a half of oats, one full of almonds, and just shy of full on the coconut. Now use the teaspoon to eyeball-measure the seasonings - salt (almost full), cinnamon (full), ginger (half full). Then use your 1/2 cup measure to add the brown sugar, and give everything a good mix. Finally, use that same 1/2 cup measure to add the maple syrup (half full) and oil (half full). I hope you don't think I think you're dumb. You're so dang smart; I tell you so at the top of this here website. I'm simply doing the thinking for you so you can get this done fast and watch a little more TV before the kids get home from school.
- Now use your big spoon to mix it all together. Did you notice that the wet ingredients go in last? And that you stir everything else together a little first before stirring in the maple syrup and oil? It's more even that way.
- Dump it all on the baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Bake for 75 minutes, stirring two or three times throughout.
- Eat it and die.
Within half an hour of writing this, my sister (who - if you didn't know - I talk about all sorts of crazy things with on our podcast called Sugar in the Raw) had a bite without my saying anything and said all wide-eyed, "Why is this so good?! I mean, it's MAGICAL." See? I'm not a liar.
Then she proceeded to make out with it KIDDING but seriously she couldn't stop eating it. Neither will you. Go forth and GRANOLA! Tina and Amy say so.