I WANT GRA-LA-LA.
Hmmm. I don’t know, Sweet Pea…show me?
With frustration, she takes my hand and drags me to the cupboard and starts reaching for the oats…GRA-LA-NA-LA!! PEASE!!
Smiles all around.
Except my smile faded quickly because we didn’t have any granola, and after her triumphant success in communication , I couldn’t just tell her that we didn’t have any granola OR that it would take forty-five minutes to make granola.
So I made something up. It only took ten minutes and it is just as good as any granola I’ve ever made in the oven. If not better. For real. (ps. can we still be friends after seeing that grotesque chipped green nail polish up there?)
ten minute stovetop granola
- 2 T butter (or oil)
- 2/3 C rolled oats
- 1/3 C flax seed
- 1/3 C sunflower seeds
- 1/4 C shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 2 T honey
- big handful of dried cranberries (probably close to 1/3 C)
- pinch of salt
- sprinkle of cinnamon
In a medium size skillet set over medium heat, melt the butter (or oil). Then add the oats, flax, sunflower seeds and coconut. Toss it all around the pan so it gets coated in the butter, and all the stuff is evenly distributed. Then drizzle the honey over it, mix again, and smash it all into a single layer in the pan.
Let it cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally (but then pressing it back down in the pan)
Then turn off the heat. Add the cranberries, salt, and cinnamon. Mix. Spread a piece of wax or parchment paper on the counter, and scrape the granola out of the pan and onto the paper. Press it down into a single layer (again) and let it cool slightly before eating. (The more it cools, the crispier it gets)