Hey Fellow Granola Lovers!
I’m back bringing you another granola recipe. If you haven’t checked out my previous granola recipe, you can find it here! (Two Words: chocolate, coffee. Yes really, go check it out, please!) I’m super excited about this recipe because I have found the secret ingredient for the granola clusters you really want! Okay, okay. Maybe it’s not a secret ingredient, but it was a new experience for me and maybe it’ll be new for you. If you want nice clusters of granola add 1 EGG WHITE to the mixture. Yep. So simple yet so awesome. Just check out this cluster-y goodness!
Lately I have really been on a granola kick. Hence, why I am now posting my second granola recipe in a month. I’ve been trying to come up with flavor combos that are easy and tasty. I think this one definitely fits the bill. Meet Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie in wonderful (and healthier) granola form!
One of the ingredients that I think plays a key role in flavor for this recipe is the nutmeg. Not much in there, but it really comes through on the flavor. Also cinnamon. ALWAYS cinnamon. I know I have said this before, but granola is a pretty forgiving recipe. Use what ingredients you have on hand and make your own variations following the basic recipe. For instance, I like to use chopped nuts in my granola, but when I made this granola all I had was plain whole almonds. If I could choose the nut it would have been walnuts or pecans. The almonds worked out just fine though! I just roughly chopped them up and threw them in. That’s what I mean by use what you have on hand. So simple!
Just to give you a hint of how much I have been enjoying granola recently, usually while I go jogging I make to do lists in my head, sing in my head (you’re welcome), pray, think about foods I want to bake or cook. But this last jog before breakfast, my thoughts kept going back to this Clustery Oatmeal Raisin Cookie granola I was going to enjoy in my fruit and yogurt parfait once I finished. Maybe that’s weird, but I don’t care. FOOD IS LIFE!
Yield- approx. 6-8 1/4 c servings
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds, you can use any you have on hand)
2 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp Canola Oil
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/8-1/4 tsp nutmeg
1-2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg white
Preheat oven to 300 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. In a large bowl combine, oats, nuts, flax seed, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a small bowl combine oil, egg white, and brown sugar. Whisk till well combined.
Pour liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and toss with a spoon or spatula till mixture is evenly coated. Pour the mixture onto your baking and spread in one flat compact layer. (You want it all touching to basically make a granola sheet that you can break into clusters after it cooks and cools.) Bake for 30 minutes.
Once the granola is done, top the granola with the raisins and drizzle with melted butter. DON’T STIR IT UP YET. Allow the granola to cool with the raisins and butter on top in one sheet. Once the granola is cooled gently stir around with a spatula to mix in the raisins and break the granola into small yummy clusters.
Enjoy, sprinkled over yogurt with fruit.