As the granola kick continues…yes the hubs can eat the same thing every day from here to eternity…I thought I would mix it up a bit. While he never tires of eating it, I get bored just making the same kind every time! So this time around I mixed it up with an oatmeal inspiration, cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal was a favorite as a child and I thought that since granola is basically the same thing that it would be just as tasty in this form. I also threw in some nuts, seeds, and chocolate for good measure.
I have to say, if you like cinnamon and brown sugar, this is the granola for you. This stuff is really good! It is also as close as I have gotten to making something that might stay together like a granola bar. Because I had set out to make granola for the hubs yogurt, I broke this all up, but I think I will make this again and stick with the bars, probably for upcoming road trip. The taste is very similar to the Nature’s Valley Cinnamon bars, which are a great snack when on the road.
Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Granola.
3 C rolled oats
1 C walnut halves, rough chopped
1/2 C brown sugar
1/3 C brown flax seeds
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 C honey
Preheat oven to 325.
In a large bowl, combine ingredients through vanilla and mix to ensure that all ingredients are introduced to the vanilla and that the brown sugar is dispersed and free of lumps. Add butter and mix to evenly combine. Add honey and repeat to ensure that all ingredients are evenly dispersed.
Spread mixture over a silpat lined baking sheet. Place in oven for 20 minutes. Stir mixture to avoid burning the edges and bake for 15 more minutes, stirring after 10 minutes if the edges are browning quickly. Remove from the oven and cool on the counter.