One of my favorite things about growing up were the amazing smells that always seemed to be drifting from the kitchen. My Mom was always cooking something. I especially looked forward to breakfast. It is honestly my favorite meal of the day, right along with lunch, and dinner, oh, and let's not forget about brunch and dessert!!! I love food.
This week while cleaning out my pantry I came across a can of oats that I wanted to use up, along with 1/2 bag of coconut from when I made cupcakes the other day and a jar of the most amazing honey (my father in law is a bee keeper). In the back of my mind I remembered my moms homemade granola. The amazing smell, the golden color, the sweet flavor. I knew I had to make it and share with you.
2 c rolled oats
1/2 c flaked coconut
1/2 c sliced almonds
1/2 c honey
1/3 c vegetable oil
Combine oats, coconut and almonds. In a separate bowl combine honey and oil. Stir honey mixture into oat mixture. Spread evenly onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until lightly brown or golden. Remove from oven and let cool. Break into clumps.
You can eat this alone as a snack or with some milk. I added dried blueberries to mine, but my daughter likes fresh strawberries with hers. It would be good with lots of different berries or bananas, or fresh peaches. The possibilities are endless.
*Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.