Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gingerbread Granola

I spent the weekend in California, in Huntington Beach specifically, visiting my little sister and her family. I can't decide if I want to come home and aggressively jump into my workpile and ferociously make and conquer new goals or.... not. Maybe I just want to move to Huntington Beach and collect seashells, take up the ukelele, and chase pigeons all day. It might be just as fulfilling. It might even be more fulfilling. What is the meaning of life, by the way? Is it six-mile jogs and flax smoothies or is is it relaxation and double cheeseburgers? Because I could really get into either. Just point me in any direction and obsession kicks in. But hang on. I'm starting to suspect that the meaning of life is all of it: the double cheeseburger, the flax smoothie, the six-mile jog and the beach bum sloth.

While I'm sitting on the fence thinking about such important and meaningless things, I think I'll have some granola. Gingerbread granola, to be exact. It's just the right thing for wafflers like me, because it's about as healthy as that flax smoothie I mentioned earlier and almost as satisfying as a double cheeseburger. I love the warm wintery combination of molasses, cinnamon and ginger. It makes January seem a little more celebratory and a lot less serious. Make some of my granola and have it on a big bowl of yogurt with frozen berries. Or not. Have it on triple scoops of vanilla bean ice cream with caramel sauce and whipped cream. Either way you'll be getting it right. Here's to a New Year of success and failure, work and play, gluttony and diet. Stick around.
Gingerbread Granola
Estimated Cost: $2.00 for 8 servings
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon dried ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
4 cups old fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients except oats. Add oats and toss to coat. Spread onto foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for 28 minutes, stirring every seven minutes. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.
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13 comments:

Katie and Mark said...

I really like this post!. :) Candice and I talk about this all the time. It's not always fun being on one side of the fence-or the other. I guess we just have to find balance and walk right on the fence.

Michal said...

Are you kidding me? This looks so very very very very yummy. What a great idea! You continue to be my hero:)

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Yummy, sounds great....!!!!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

O my goodness this sounds wonderful. Thanks!

Familia Henao said...

Looks so yummy. I just told Alex that I can't wait for our yearly trip to Utah so thay I can buy that yummy granola from the fruit stand. Now I can just make some and not have to wait. :)

Leslie said...

I love granola and can't wait to try gingerbread granola.
My visiting teacher brought me a big bag of homemade granola for Christmas and I loved it. It's so crunchy. I can't wait to try this.

Emily said...

Mmm sounds great. I would make this right now if I had some oats on hand.

Cheeseburgers on the beach sounds good to me! Maybe with a pina colada in hand..

The Japanese Redneck said...

The granola sounds good.

A cheeseburger on the beach...nice.

MK and Co. said...

This granola looks delicious. I would love this granola I think on just about anything but the yogurt and berries looks perfect. Thank you so much for all the recipes that I know will taste so good and that are good for me. You're wonderful!

A Busy Nest said...

I love granola but have never had gingerbread granola. I can't wait to try it.

Shelley said...

Prudy, I am stranded at home unexpectedly today in Upstate NY due to the snow. Then I read your post - I had ALL the ingredients in the house (yay!) and just whipped up a batch. The house smells sooo good! I HEAVILY topped my Red River cereal (from Canada...kind of like steel cut oats only with flaxseed, too) with your gingerbread granola, and am cozy and warm and content. This might be lunch, too!

Chili Dude said...

This recipe looks great. I am going to make it this weekend, thanks.

Alexis said...

I made this last night. Smelled so good in the oven. I could hardly wait 'til it tooled. It was delicious on some Stonyfield Vanilla Yogurt.

Thanks for sharing another great recipe!