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the rest of the yogurt parfait - granola

I am truly not a cold cereal or granola fan.  My Beloved is.  On a camping trip, I actually found a granola recipe I liked.  Adding it with fruit to the yogurt I made make the best yogurt parfait I have ever eaten.  My Beloved likes this with plain hempmilk as a cold cereal.

I am giving you all the options here but I find that I like the simplest the best.  No nuts.  No fruit.  My Beloved likes all the additions.


3 cups quick oats (the better the oats, the better the granola.  Quick oats are really better then old fashioned rolled oats)

4 - 8 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon (or less or more dependent on your taste)

2 teaspoons ginger (or less or more dependent on your taste)

1/2 cup dried fruit (optional - I only do this on request)

1/2 cup chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts (again, optional and I only do this on request)

In a large skillet over medium high heat, put the butter or oil.  Melt the butter or warm the oil.  Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.

You want this to cook until it is bubbly.

Add the oats, nuts, and fruit and turn off the heat.  Mix it together.  I find a wide spatula or a large wooden spoon works well.

Turn out on a silpat or parchment paper and let cool.

Yummy granola.

I gave the options in the butter and sugar because sometimes I want sweeter or I am doing something with the granola that I want more buttery.  This recipe also easily doubles.  A lot of times I am working with 5 1/2 cups of oats at once.  I just open the bag of oats and dump in.  I like that I do not have to bake it and watch that it will burn in the oven!  Easy easy.

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