Vanishing Granola (or the BEST Granola You Will Ever Make–Honey Bunches CopyBETTER Recipe)

This is going to be a very brisk LWOM post (what’s LWOM?).

First things first:

Print this recipe.

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We have to be brisk today, because–

I’m late, I’m late, for LOTS of VERY important dates!”

Why yes, because there’s the White Rabbit! And we must catch up with him.

“No time to talk, no time to chat, I’m late and later, and that is THAT!” shouted the White Rabbit as he jabbed and poked at his oversized pocketwatch.

“But I–”

“No time!”

“I know–”

“Later and late!”

“But I’m in a rush too!”

“RUN!” the Rabbit yelled. And so we ran.

Into the sunset, to be precise.

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On my kitchen table: Persuasion, by Jane Austen, and a jar of the best crunchy cinnamon granola in the world.

So that’s why this post is so short.

Because the White Rabbit was late, and because I myself was running late after an extended trip to the gym and forgot all about my outdoor food photoshoot and had to take some hasty pictures while the sun was sinking down past the horizon in about 0.5 seconds.

And also because I’m (hopefully) going to Disneyland in about half an hour to see the White Rabbit in person–er, in rabbit. Yes, I’m grinning as I type this.

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“But that doesn’t mean that this isn’t the BEST granola in the world,” said the White Rabbit, who had suddenly appeared from nowhere at my left knee.

“Well, thank you for taking the time to–” I began, looking down…but he had already vanished again.

I turned around. My granola had vanished, too. So now you also know why it’s called what it’s called.

I don’t blame him, though. It is darn good cinnamony, crisp, and unlike-anything-you’ve-ever-made-before-and-I-rarely-ever-say-this granola. Think of picking out all the crunchy sweet granola clusters from Honey Bunches of Oats…only better.

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And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a White Rabbit to catch in Anaheim ;)

This post is part of the Lit, Wit, and an Oven Mitt (LWOM) series here at Wallflour Girl, where Ala takes a popular or classic literary character and uses him/her/it to tell a story about her recipes.  Ala is an English literature graduate student with a strong interest in children’s literature, Victorian lit, and everything in between, beyond, bubbly, or burgundy. Ala does not own the rights to any of these characters or original literary texts, although she does own a really cute Winnie-the-Pooh balloon-shaped stuffed-animal. This series is intended to offer you a glimpse into her world through our shared love for food. Please let Ala know what you think of these stories–she’d love to hear what you think!

Vanishing Granola (or the BEST Granola You Will Ever Make–Honey Bunches CopyBETTER Recipe)
Adapted from Getting Through the Day
Ingredients:
  • 6 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup almonds or preferred nut, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple or pancake syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan (or whatever large size baking pan you have available–enough to fit 6 cups of oats in an even layer no more than two inches thick). Pour oats and chopped nuts into prepared pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar and water until it just begins to boil. Turn off heat, then stir in oil, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over oats mixture and stir until all of the oats are evenly coated. Pat oats evenly into bottom of pan so that the layer is no more than two inches thick. (This will help your granola achieve optimal crispiness!)
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes (stirring every 15 minutes), or until toasted and a dark golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan before crumbling. Store in an airtight container.
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16 Responses to Vanishing Granola (or the BEST Granola You Will Ever Make–Honey Bunches CopyBETTER Recipe)

  1. That cartoon character irritated me when I was a kid :) … Love your granola and will for sure try it. Looks so crunchy and yummy!

    • haha! How funny–I think I was a bit irked as well, although Alice’s naivety bothered me too. This really is an awesome granola–thank you for stopping by, Muna! It’s great to see you.

  2. No need to persuade me this is the best granola ever. ;-) Fun post! But I gotta run, you see I’m late . . .

  3. Oh man, I love this recipe! I am craving granola something fierce!

  4. This sounds great! I’m always up to try new granola recipes

  5. I want your honey spoon with a bee!!! :P

  6. Tanya

    This sounds SO yummy, Ala! Can I use regular rolled oats instead of the quick-cooking variety? I always have rolled oats on hand but not the other. Oh, and I got a big kick out of your White Rabbit adventure, too – so fun! :)

    • Thanks, Tanya! Rolled oats will work, but you will need to adjust baking time accordingly, since rolled oats are basically less processed versions of quick-cook and will take longer to cook through. I would recommend keeping the baking temperature the same and extending baking time by 7-8 minute intervals, until you achieve desired crispiness. I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it with rolled oats!

  7. Mine is just out of the oven and I’ve been nibbling at it as it cools. So good, I’ll be making this again and again!!

  8. Mona

    This recipe is awesome (even after I practically butchered the implementation). I was going to half the recipe and then realized I was still short 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 2 cups of oats (Yikes! How did I miss that?). So I added an extra cup of almonds and about 1/2 cup of walnuts. I also used regular Quaker oats (don’t know if/how it’s different) and it still turned out great. This is a keeper!

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  10. Carolyn

    Just wanted to say this is my favorite granola recipe! (I have made this over a handful of times now, way better than store bought and cheaper too :-) I changed a few things- I used 3 cups of each rolled oats and quick cooking oats. Swapped out the veg. Oil for coconut, only used 1 cup brown sugar, and instead of syrup used 1/3 cup honey. Found the pre sliced almonds which make it super easy (I was chopping) Also added in some chia seeds. I found it easier to add all dry ingredients (minus the sugar) to large bowl, and then all wet (including sugar, but minus the vanilla) to saucepan. Add vanilla after boils, dump over dry ingredients in bowl, mix well and then dump and pat down in pan ;-) I believe this recipe is fool proof :-) thanks again for the awesome granola recipe :-)

    • Carolyn, you are so sweet–how have we not officially met before?! (Unless the names are slipping under my radar and out of my mind–they tend to do that sometimes!) Thanks for sharing your changes–the coconut oil is definitely something I’d love to try. You’re 110% welcome, and thank you for your wonderful comment, it made my day!

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