This weekend we were signed up to go to a young adult retreat outside of town, but that all changed yesterday. My husband had called me around noon. He had been throwing up all day. So, I told him to cancel the weekend plans and get some sleep. I was already exhausted from a long week and so the idea of staying home and taking care of him sounded good enough for me. After work, I went to the store to pick up ginger ale (with the real ginger in it) and the ingredients for some home cooked granola – my favorite kind of energy snack & a good pick me up. As for our Friday night, it consisted of little more than cooking up granola, a movie, a cuppa tea and sleep.
This morning on the other hand was something entirely different. I woke up with a mission. Since we were planning all along to be gone this weekend, suddenly Saturday was like a bonus day. Boy, do I love bonus time. As I first came to, all I could think of was all of the stuff that I could get done. Everything I had put off since we were too busy. Finally, time to tackle it all. So today as my husband recovered, I set to work. Cleaned & reorganized the kitchen. Cleaned out the fridge. Did ALL of our laundry…and there was a lot of it. Clean bathrooms. Clean living room. Clean bedroom. All the trash out. (And lots of junk finally gone) For missing the retreat, I still feel pretty renewed with our apartment finally livable again. For extra energy, I snacked on this granola all day. I made it so it would be less sweet (so it is also less sticky). But, it tastes exactly like granola should without being overpowering and is pretty much awesome in some yogurt. So, here’s to bonus time, energy boosters, and recovery granola!
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 cups quick oats
- 2/3 cup of unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of honey
- 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Heat the oven to broil. Then set out a non-stick cookie sheet for later use.
- In a large skillet, heated to medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil & 2 cups quick oats. Cook until the oats are slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Then, transfer oats to the cookie sheet and spread out. Repeat with remaining oats.
- Next, in same skillet, reduce heat to medium. Add butter and let melt. Then add honey, brown sugar and cinnamon and cook until bubbly. Be sure to stir mixture constantly. Then, return oats to skillet and mix with honey mixture for about 5 minutes until well mixed.
- Pour out mixture onto baking sheet and let cool for about 5 minutes. For crispiness, place cookie sheet into oven (set to broil) and cook for about 30-45 seconds. Do not overcook.
- Take out of oven and let cool. Then, transfer oats into large bowl and add in the almonds and dried cranberries and mix well.
- Let cool completely and serve.
Source: Modified from mamaiscookin’s Stovetop Granola Recipe on Allrecipes.com
The Fresh Fridge Tip: Add in your favorite nuts or dried fruits to this granola to change the flavor to whatever you like the best!