Knowing this would be a crazy week I made some granola last weekend in order to have some easy to-go breakfasts ready to grab and run out the door.
Normally I make granola with maple syrup but this time I decided to switch it up a bit with honey.
I am fascinated with the honey containers made in the bear shape. I think they are so cute. Unforunately, Trader Joe's doesn't agree because their honey comes in the a standard plastic round shape. Let me just say this is not nearly as fun as the bear.
I like my granola hearty so this has plently of nuts and seeds. You can always sweeten it up a bit with some dried cranberries or cherries.
Honey Bear Granola
Adapted from Ina Garten's recipe
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups sliced almonds
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup good honey
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Toss the oats, coconut, seeds, and nuts together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated.
Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.