A super easy chewy granola recipe

We’ve never made granola from scratch, so we decided to give it a whirl. We adapted this recipe into a peanut butter & cranberry chewy granola. Like any recipe we ever attempt, it’s super easy (and tastes great!).

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Step 1: toast the dry ingredients (oats and almonds) at 350F for 5 minutes. Stir them around, then continue toasting for another 3-5 minutes. Pour into a large bowl.

Step 2: melt the butter, honey, vanilla extract, and brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally until fully dissolved.

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(Clearly, a spatula would have worked best to flatten the granola, but we don’t have one. So we kept it real and used our rice scooper.)

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If the granola is too crumbly as you cut it, stick it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes and try again. Otherwise, enjoy!

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PS: There are tons of other ingredients you could add instead (like chocolate chips, blueberries, dried coconut) or remove (peanut butter, etc.). This recipe is prime for improvisation.

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A Blue Bottle breakfast with Karleen

It was so fun seeing the wonderful photographer Karleen and her husband (check out her photoblog!). I had long promised her Blue Bottle, so we had some coffee and breakfast there. (Did you know that Blue Bottle served breakfast? I seriously did not know until last month.)

Karleen was great at posing us in photographs.  I remember this very clearly: “Jackie, open your eyes… No, wider… Okay, too wide.” Haha! I was a difficult to work with.

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