molasses nut granola

since we last spoke i started my new job and like i promised, i was busy in the kitchen beforehand making sure i would have a good breakfast as i have to run out the door at seven to catch the bus. unlike the last job i had, i need to get up more than 10 minutes before i run out the door because i’m finally in a professional environment! i am (ridiculously) excited about things like having my own extension, calendar, and getting to go to staff meetings.

all in all i ended up making about three quarts of two equally delicious types of granola. the evening before work i fill a jar halfway with plain yogurt and fruit and top it with granola the following morning. (i really optimize my awake time so i can sleep as long as possible.) for this granola i highly recommend roasted chopped pears with a little bit of cinnamon on them.

this granola makes such a difference in my morning. the nuts have plenty of protein to keep you alert until lunch, the oats fill you up, and the flax seeds make it extra healthy.

molasses nut granola
makes 8 cups granola

2 1/2 cups oats (not the quick kind)
1 cup roughly chopped raw almonds
1 cup roughly chopped raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup molasses

preheat oven to 300 degrees. combine nuts, seeds, and oats. add the brown sugar and mix well. stir in olive oil, peanut butter, and molasses and mix until oats and nuts are evenly covered (you may need to use your hands for this.) sprinkle with a couple pinches of course salt and stir again.

spread mixture on a lightly oiled sheet pan and place in oven. cook for 15 minutes and then stir, repeat once. turn temperature down to 275 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes before removing. in total, your granola will bake for 45 minutes.

after it sits for about 10 or 15 minutes on a cooling rack be sure to stir the granola around again as it begins to dry in large clumps if you don’t break it apart. when it has completely cooled place in airtight container.

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