Oh My Word I Can’t Quit Eating

And this time, surprisingly, the culinary object of my obsession is not fried chicken.

It’s granola.



Now I’ve made granola before, but I tend not to try new granola recipes very often since I’m the only person in this house who enjoys delicious granola goodness.

Because clearly the other two people who live here are, well, crazy. They have no idea what they’re missing.

My friend Merritt knows of my love for the granola, and today she sent me a recipe that I couldn’t wait to try. Especially because D and Alex weren’t here for supper tonight, and Alone Time is my Prime Time for eating the stuff my boys don’t like (see: sushi, eggs, guacamole).

Once I saw Merritt’s recipe (it’s from Southern Living, by the way), I ran up to Target to get a few ingredients that I was missing, not to mention a little plain vanilla yogurt to eat with the granola, because everybody knows that one tablespoon of vanilla yogurt mixed with one-quarter cup of granola is the MOST PERFECT FOOD TEXTURE IN THE UNIVERSE, and now you must excuse me for a moment, because quite frankly I need to swoon.

Anyway, I made the granola a little earlier tonight, and it is absolutely the best I’ve ever had. It’s simple, filling and oh-so-yummy.

Quick Oatmeal Granola

Preheat oven to 350, then combine the following three ingredients in a small bowl:

1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Next, in a big bowl, combine:

1 1/2 c. uncooked regular oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. sliced almonds (Merritt and I both added more b/c we adore the almonds)
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Spread onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring often.

I actually doubled the recipe because we have company coming tomorrow, and it worked great.

And this may make you feel just a little bit sorry for me, but I cannot wait to wake up in the morning – just so I can eat more granola.

It’s shaping up to be a delightful weekend.

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  1. Your title reminded me of – sometimes at family gatherings I’d hear my dear aunt say “now I’m just eating for pleasure.” You know, the hunger long gone… still eating. Ah well.

  2. I’ve never tried to make my own granola before since I, too, am the sole granola lover in my home. (And you’re so right, granola + vanilla yogurt = extra yummy delightfulness!) But this recipe looks so easy, I’ve just GOT to give it a try.

  3. Oh that sounds like heaven! I love granola! I may have to try this!

  4. Hi Boomama,
    I’m just visiting for the first time. Love your site so far. :-)

  5. Sounds close to the recipe I use. In the morning, we put out bowls of dried cranberries, raisins, and other dried fruits and everyone chooses their favs to add in :)

  6. It’s 1:30 in the morning, the dogs want to go out and I am forced to eat m&m’s and drink koolaid all because I have no granola to snack on. Thanks for the recipe. (although I don’t think the family would approve of baking in the middle of the night. sigh.)

  7. Sounds yummy — and easy enough for EVEN ME to make… hmmm…

  8. I love granola too! And I have all the ingredients! Going to make some TODAY! Thanks for the recipe!

    P.S. I have the Southern Living magazine but don’t have time to read it. . .thanks for the tip!

  9. I love homemade granola as well and this recipe looks good. The one I make has an entire can of sweetened condensed milk. YUM!! It’s really good, but honey has to be a better-for-you sweetner than sweetened milk! I’ll give it a try.

  10. I wrote a post this week about an evil “diet food” that had me obsessed, but I didn’t name it because I didn’t want people going for it. You named it today. For me, although it’s healthy, it’s off the diet because I can’t stop once I start.

  11. We make ginormous batches of granola here.

    I do something positively evil with mine. I eat mine with………flavored coffee creamer on it. My favorite flavor is Carmel Vanilla Toffee. I do water it down just a tad, so I don’t feel like I am being to naughty though…..

  12. If you have a costco near you, they also sell (in their bakery section with the breads and desserts) the most amazing granola. It has dried cranberries in it, and is in big chunks like cookies. Ohmyword it is the only snack every single person in this house likes.

  13. I Love Granola, too! However, I am waaaaaayyyyyyyyy tooooooooooo busy (aka: lazy)to make my own, so I eat Heartland Granola (which used to be available for me at the Publix before we moved to Michigan, the cold) right out of the box. Not with milk, RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. Yummy – ummm, where’s my box? Must have some rightthisminute! Hugs, Lisa

  14. Oh my! I love me some granola too.

    However, I hope you bought a case of water, extra toilet paper, and did you know GasX comes in strips now? http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=154372&catid=10&brand=7273&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=10&trxp2=154372&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND

    I highly recommend the cinnamon. And they are very handy to keep in your purse. I may have just given you way more information than you were needing. JUST SAYIN’.

  15. I was hooked when I read the first 3 ingredients. We are having a cool morning and this sounds especially MORE yummy. :>)

  16. You’re like me…it doesn’t take much to excite, does it? :-)

  17. I am so going to make this today. I even use homemade granola with milk as a CEREAL. Better than Count Chocula anyday of the week. :)

  18. Stephanie says:

    I love granola too, but have never made my own. I may have to try this……

  19. this will be on my “to make” list.

    By the way – your green bean recipe is a HUGE hit in our home. I mean H-U-G-E!!!


  20. Thanks for the reminder – my husband has been wanting some homemade granola goodness for awhile now! And I’m bored of my recipe, so I’m trying yours!

    And I’m so glad I just bought vanilla yogurt myself – the extra creamy kind!

  21. Man, I love homemade granola and have been thinking about making some all week long. Are you in my brain? Get out of there, you! Thanks for the recipe… I guess the internets are all gonna be busy tomorrow eatin’ homemade granola, all thanks to you. How does it feel to have so much influence over the breakfast selections of so many?

  22. I’m lucky that my husband loves granola, and so we eat it all the time. I’ll definately give this recipe a try, thank you!

  23. This looks sooo good! I’m also putting in my Greenburg turkey order today. Happy Fall, Y’all!!

  24. I’m with you, but being too lazy to actually make my own granola, I eat my plain vanilla yogurt with Kashi GoLean Crunch. It’s incredible!

  25. “everybody knows that one tablespoon of vanilla yogurt mixed with one-quarter cup of granola is the MOST PERFECT FOOD TEXTURE IN THE UNIVERSE”

    aMEN to that, sister.

  26. LOVE me some granola. Ya know those winky dinky little fruit/yogurt parfaits from McDonalds?? Wellll….You can buy a big honkin tub of vanilla yogurt, 1 box of granola(Or use your home-made recipe) and a bag of frozen mixed berries.

    Pile all that together sweetening the berries a bit and VOILA! One big HONKIN home-made fruit/yogurt parfait and cheaper to boot! LOL

    Gonna whip up the home-made granola in just a sec cause well….I wanna :0)


  27. I have never made granola before, but this recipe is making me want to give it a try. I love granola with vanilla yogurt, too! I have guests for about five days during the Thanksgiving holidays. This sounds like something good to have on hand for breakfast and snacking. Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Love granola! I’m definitely going to try this recipe. It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it!

  29. Sounds crunchy! Yum!

  30. Mmm… sounds delish. I tried to make granola once. Once. :) I don’t think I cooked it long enough or something… it was way too chewy. John was just saying last week that I should try again. We all lurve granola around here.

    Smiling at the name Merritt. :) I’ve heard it a few times for guys and gals, now.

  31. Hey, that sounds like a good gift to package for the holidays. 2 questions: How long do you think it would keep in a jar? A couple of weeks? Also, I am allergic to nuts, would you think that coconut would be a good substitute for the almonds?

  32. Hi, first time visitor. This does sound great! I’m like Cricket, this does sound like it would make a good gift for the holidays. I will be interested in your answer to her questions.

  33. Lo, do not be afraid of loving granola. I too LOVE it. Why is it so good?

  34. I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see this because when I was pregnant, I gained at least half of my weight eating granola cereal. Bad, bad granola!

  35. The BEST way to eat this granola is with yogurt and fresh strawberries/blueberries. I have a recipe almost identical to yours and I, too, add more almonds and sometimes I get crazy and add sunflower seeds. So Good! Try it with the yogurt, you won’t be disappointed. Well, unless you hate yogurt…

  36. Picked up all I need today at WalMart; can’t wait to try it. I never do this, but you have to hop over to my blog because on Saturday, we have ourselves a match-up. I think given then whole entire week and everything, we may even have an all-out Southern Brawl!

  37. My mouth is watering! I love granola too, and this recipe sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  38. I don’t know how old you are (and why haven’t we met up yet??) BUT my 40 year old self must say that if you added some flax seed to that you could make granola a, um, REGULAR part of your diet.

    Always here to help.

  39. That sounds yummy!!
    I can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing!

  40. You know…I’d never think to make granola, and yet, suddenly, I have a craving. Thanks a lot.

  41. ooooh, that recipe sounds heavenly, and in my house, the other 2 people would probably FIGHT me for more!!

  42. Thanks for the recipe! I love granola and I have never tried making it! Southern LIving!! Love it!

  43. Wow… this sounds really, really good! I’ll have to try it. Can A eat it too? Or is it too hard? I’m worried that I’ll give it to Hunter and he’ll end up choking on this yummy granola… that would be a travesty!

  44. I will have to try this recipe. I also like to make this for homemade gifts. Have you ever tried that?
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha