Friday, June 10, 2011

Skillet Granola

I love starting my day with a bowl of granola, plain yogurt, and berries. This is my favorite spring/summer time breakfast, because it's cool and refreshing and so simple to make. Pick your favorite dried fruit - raisins, apricots, cherries, craisins, or coconut (currently I'm using cherries and coconut). Then add your favorite nuts - almonds, cashews, peanuts, or macadamia nuts (I'm using peanuts). Use a non-stick skillet to cook this dish in less than 5 minutes! Cook up a batch and store it in an air-tight container for a tasty and wholesome breakfast. With milk or yogurt it will keep you full for hours!

Here are the ingredients you will need:
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (instant oats do not work, as the granola will turn out mealy)
  • 1/2 cups dried fruit of your choice
  • 1-2 cups nuts of your choice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil
Heat the oil, honey, and salt in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat until the honey starts to bubble. Add the oats, nuts, and fruit and use a spatula to coat everything with the honey oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the oats have turned a golden brown color. It's ideal to let the granola cool but I can never resist the urge to dive right in! Layer granola, berries, and yogurt in a bowl or glass and enjoy this healthy, filling, tasty breakfast!

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