What's the difference between making granola on the stove-top vs in the oven? Probably 2 less pans or dishes to wash! Ha! Seriously though, once I thought of making it this way, and it turned into a HIT with the family, I will never make a gigantic batch in the oven again - because that's two more pans to wash! We only have so much time here on earth, friends. Let's not wash any more dishes than we have to.
Remember, if you have been following my recipes before, I'm a creative one in the kitchen (you too?), so that means I tend not to measure and I add ingredients along the way based on how it tastes. My one advice for you is taste along the way! So, here is the recipe for your soon-to-be favorite granola recipe. Feel free to leave out what you don't like and add in what you do! It's your granola.
Be prepared to stand and stir for the next 10-15 minutes at the stove. Start a song or two or hold your coffee with the other hand and slowly wake up for the morning.
In a large cast iron pan or skillet, melt 1/2-3/4 cup coconut oil on low heat, then add any chopped nuts or seeds that you enjoy - 1/4 cup each or a small handful as measurement.
*sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews
Stir the nuts/seeds around in the coconut oil, stiring constantly for around 5 minutes while they start to release their nutty flavor.
Now, add the following ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
(found through Azure Standard or in the bulk section at natural food stores)
A few big spoonfulls of chia seeds
1/2 t. salt
2-3 cups rolled or quick oats
Stir and continue to cook on low/medium and stir stir stir! Ten minutes will have passed and you notice it's turning brownish - yay! Now, add your sweetener. I use roughly 1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup. The syrup or honey will sizzle a little in the pan, which will wake you up out of your tired stupor and you'll know you are almost finished. You can use honey or a natural cane sugar or leave it unsweetened too.
Don't forget to taste along the way - but it'll be HOT, so take some out with a spoon and set it aside. The granola will start to turn the typical crunchy texture when it's finished being made and it starts to cool.
Last but not least, add a good few handfuls of raisins at the very end (if you choose to!). The heat of the granola will soften them. Adding them with the other ingredients during the stiring -everything- together- stage would cause them to get too hot and burst and then burn. Burnt raisins are horrible, I have found out the hard way.
Do you hear that? Oh yes, the kids are waking up and they can smell an aroma of something amazing. It's Stove-top Granola kiddos! Your mom is amazing - now thank her and hug her.
*Serve with milk or yogurt or eat it plain! Store in jars for later consumption - if you have any leftovers!
Hope your belly is full.