Though in Los Angeles it seems we have endless summers, it is still that time again; back to school days are here. A lot of attention, of course, is spent on all the kiddos heading back for the start of the year. I thought it would be nice to think about our teachers, those hardworking and endlessly giving people who have dedicated their lives to educating our children.
A nice way to show gratitude is a little start of the year gift. I thought what could be better than some homemade granola. Its a tasty and healthy way to start one's day and knowing how early our teachers get up, provides a quick, easy, and healthy option.
Also, it is very economical to make so why not make extra for yourself!
- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup other item (I used chia seeds but often use quinoa)
- 1 cup nuts; pecans, walnuts, toasted almonds....whatever you like, sometimes I mix and match based on what I have!
- 1 cup dried cranberries (again, could be other dried fruit)
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave syrup, honey also works
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
Combine all the dry ingredients in a 9"x11" pan. Also combine all the wet ingredients, stir to mix together and pour over the oatmeal mixture. Stir to evenly distribute and flatten with a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes or until nice and toasty at 350 degrees, stirring once at about 20 minutes to insure consistency.
That's it! It's a really flexible recipe so you can play around and make lots of yummy variations, just keep the ratios the same. For the gift, I painted the top of a mason jar pink because who doesn't love pink! Tied off with some cute string and added a sweet note. I think all teachers would appreciate this simple and sweet gift.