Granola and Honey Yogurt
There is nothing nicer than opening the fridge in the morning to find this pair of jars filled with honey yogurt and granola. I make it whenever I have family or friends overnight, I let them know the night before that it’s there for them to help themselves in the morning at their leisure. I also like to make it just for myself, its like a little smile when I open the fridge on a busy Monday morning, we should treat ourselves as well as we would treat a guest, right? Do it for yourself, a friend or family…no matter what your reason you’ll be glad you did!
4 c. Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats)
2 c. coconut flakes (sweetened coconut will, of course, make the granola sweeter- you can use either sweetened or unsweetened flakes)
2 c. slivered almonds
¾ c. vegetable oil
½ c. honey ( I prefer good local honey)
Toss the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Combine the oil and honey and add to the dry ingredients. Spread onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (easy clean up that way). Bake 350F for a total of 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring around after the first 20 minutes for even cooking.
Once cooled, add in any or all:
½ c. chopped apricots
½ c. walnuts, cashews or pistachios
½ c craisins or dried cherries
1 quart greek yogurt
1 ½ t. vanilla
¼ c. honey
Zest and juice of 1 orange
6 oz fresh berries - your choice, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry etc.
Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly, stores in refrigerator up to one week.