Friday, November 28, 2008
I have made this without any additional nuts or dried goodies. It is great plain, and my kids love it as a snack any way I fix it.
2 Tbls. Olive Oil
4 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla (or other flavoring of your choice)
4 Tbls. Honey
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup chopped Almonds (or any nuts you have/prefer)
1/2 cup dried Cranberries (raisins, blueberries and/or cherries)
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Oats then cook and stir until starting to brown and crisp about 5 minutes. Push the Oats around in the pan and stir to combine. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes or so to make sure to coat thoroughly. Pour out onto the cookie sheet and spread to cool.
Once cool, transfer to an airtight container and stir in the "goodies." You can add about 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg if you'd like. You can change Vanilla for Maple flavoring or add equal parts (Yummy!). This recipe is very forgiving.
I never make small batches, because I can always put additional in small bags and store in the freezer. It makes better use of my stove. I like to thaw them in the microwave, and eat while warm.