Wifey doesn’t like granola, as a general rule. For one primary reason, she finds it too ‘hard’ which is hell on her naked gums. To this, I know I can now add to the list of Do Not Serve These Foods To Angela: risotto, fennel, blue cheese, cilantro, pesto (it comes and goes) and some others that might squeak to mind.

This is a ‘healthy’ granola, according to the recipe, which has lots of crunch (that descriptor would have Angela heading for the boondocks alone), where the supposed addition of egg white provides the crunch…or in this case binder that, well…whatever is typically used in granola in the first place to hold things together.

The Recipe

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and place a rack in the middle of the oven.

3 cups oats
1.5 cups nuts (use what’s handy; I had walnuts, sliced almonds, pistachios, and pecans)
Egg white (1) but if you used two, I don’t think it would be a problem
1.5 cups coconut (preferably unsweetened and in large flakes which you can then easily crush in your hands.
1/2 cup sweetener (maple syrup, agave, whatever is handy)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 T brown sugar (or a bit more…)
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cranberries
Put first ten ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and spread it out on a baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes in the preheated oven, being careful to mix it up with a fork every ten minutes (believe me, this stuff browns quickly so mix it well each time–you may note, like I did, that after about 35-40 minutes, the result was just fine and ready to pop out of the oven.

Also–you could have done like me and forgot the brown sugar. I simply sprinkled some in after it was finished baking. Shhh. Don’t tell.

Add your last ingredient, the dried cranberries…or any dried fruit you might prefer.