I have this thing. It’s slightly embarrassing, really. But whenever I go to a new place or a new environment for whatever reason, I have to have a cry. Like a big, loud, ugly, homesicky cry. And then I’m great! I get it out of my system and enjoy the rest of the time I’m in that new place. It happened during a middle school trip, when I first went to college, during a summer internship, and shamefully when I got my first apartment. It has become an expected, albeit slightly ridiculous, routine.
When I went abroad for a semester in college, my mom thought that it would be a good idea to send a care package before I even got there. You know, in the hopes of preventing the ugly cry. In the package, she included a huge container of homemade granola that my family has been making for years. It embodies everything that is homey – warm and cinnamony and cozy. My roommate grabbed one handful of the crunchy stuff and immediately called it magical. Actually, what he really said was “magical Indian granola” but we don’t call it that.
Turned out that the magic didn’t stop the cry, but it made me feel better. Oh, and! Its crunchy wholesomeness is especially appropriate for this resolution-filled time of year! Homey and wholesome and quite tasty. Feel the magic.
Read how my sister inspired Kira to make this recipe. And as a teaser (because who doesn’t love those), this granola is even delicious in butternut squash soup (recipe coming soon!).
4 cups rolled oats
3 cups of any combination of nuts (I usually use 1 cup slivered almonds, 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup shredded coconut)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, including cinnamon and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well coated. Evenly spread out on to a baking sheet. Bake for about a 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to ensure even baking. Let cool completely. Enjoy with milk, yogurt or soup.