Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolution number 1 of a babillion...

I have a problem.  A breakfast problem.  It costs me $4.95 a morning, and it is capitalist.  

It is starbucks. They get me with their damn granola.  I would MUCH prefer to go to my local coffee joint - but if I haven't had breakfast, starbucks ALWAYS lures me in from my walk to work with their damn greek yogurt parfait.  It gets me every time - but not anymore.  No more with your wooing me into granola submission, Starbucks.  This time, I am taking matters into my own hands.  With my own damn granola. 

And I gotta say, I really couldn't taste the difference.

Homemade Granola

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2  cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla. 

Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan.

Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

Edna's china, they don't make it like they used to...

breakfast for two.

Take that, starbucks.

So, the next time I pass you, I think I'll have an easier time saying no.  The New Year is for resolutions after all, isn't it?



  1. That shot with the candles is BEAUTIFUL! I think it's time I made some of my own damn granola too

  2. Sounds great and I bet it's healthier than Starbucks too!

  3. Great pictures! And I say your own granola looks even better :)

  4. Great resolution! Just think, it will save you $99 per month and $1,188 PER YEAR!

    And I bet yours tastes better than theirs.

  5. This couldn't come more at a perfect time!! I just posted my struggles with fitting time to eat breakfast on the run and I am totally making this granola! Whit, you rule.