Customizable Granola

Source: Spoon University

Food Fact

Nothing complements the crunch of fresh granola like a scoop of Greek yogurt or a splash of milk. About 85% of the milk at OSU comes from local dairy farms, including one right here on campus. Waterman Dairy Farm is home to more than 100 happy cows who are milked twice a day and live in large, comfortable barns with access to pasture. Soybeans are also grown on Waterman’s research plots to provide hands-on learning for agriculture students and research findings Ohio soybean farmers can use to improve their farms.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups oats
  • 2 tablespoons soybean oil
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or cider
  • 3 tablespoons honey, jam or maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional add-ins:
    Nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts
    Seeds: chia, flax, sunflower
    Spices: cinnamon, ginger, cocoa, cardamom
    Nut butters: peanut, almond, hazelnut, soy nut
    Extracts: vanilla, almond, mint
    Dried fruit: raisins, cherries, coconut, goji berries
    Chocolate: dark, milk, white

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.

  2. Combine dry ingredients: oats, spices, nuts.

  3. Add in wet ingredients: juice and honey, jam or maple syrup.

  4. Bake for about 15 minutes. Check the granola and stir it around so it bakes evenly. Put the granola back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it. Depending on add-ins, it could take more or less time.

  5. Add in extras like dried fruit and chocolate. Be sure to add chocolate immediately so it melts and coats the granola.

  6. Enjoy with Greek yogurt, milk or just simply by itself!

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