Article by Cassy Loeppky. Media by James Menk.
Being married is one of the most exciting things in the world. Being married and learning how to cook for two people on a limited budget and while one person is a college student is hard. Caleb and Cassy have made world stopping breakthroughs in the kitchen that can help the single or married college student.
Since Caleb is a busy senior in college with one semester left, Cassy tries to make quick and easy things that can correlate with Caleb’s busy schedule. Making full dinners has been a challenge so they wanted to share with you one of the best snack staples there are in their cozy little kitchen: homemade granola!
This recipe makes the perfect amount to last them a week or two for a quick on the go snack or a fast breakfast on a rushed morning.
3 Cups – Old Fashioned Oats (do not, do not, do not use quick oats!)
6 tablespoons – unpacked brown sugar
1 tablespoon – Cinnamon
½ teaspoon – Salt
2 tablespoons – Coconut (you can also add almonds, flax seed, or any kind of nut your little heart desires)
½ cup – Honey (the amount of clusters depends on the amount of honey you use. More honey=more clusters. )
2 ½ tablespoons – Butter (use salted stick butter)
-Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
-In one bowl stir oats, cinnamon, coconut, and brown sugar.
-In a microwavable safe bowl melt the butter and honey. Make sure they are melted all the way and the honey is a lot less sticky and thick.
-Pour the melted honey and butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
-On a non-stick cookie sheet spread the wet granola covering the entire pan. Pat the granola down with a spatula.
-Bake for 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes take it out and stir it up. If you don’t you will have burnt granola and nothing is worse than burnt granola.
-If you see that the coconut is starting to burn then your granola is done baking in the oven. Even if it hasn’t been a full 30 minutes.
-Take it out and let it cool all the way. This allows your granola to harden and creates more of the clusters.
-Once it is cool use a spatula and break it up very carefully. Too much breaking may result in zero clusters and no one wants that!
We love putting our granola in vanilla yogurt with some fresh fruit. It’s also great on ice cream, with dried fruit, in a bowl of milk, or just solo! We hope you enjoy this quick, homemade, yummy goodness!