Homemade granola with local honeyHomemade granola with local honey

This is definitely one of the most crazy weeks in recent history.

I have a major event at work coming up that I’m preparing for and travelling for on Friday. On the weekend we’re attending an International Dinner for which I’m preparing sample-size portions of rice, vegetarian curry and naan for 250 people. On Tuesday I had beekeeping class and decided at the last minute to make granola with Walk-About Acres‘ honey for the kind-hearted folks who pushed my truck out of the ditch at the last class. And today we’re throwing a going away party for a friend at work, for which I tried to prepare a dessert last night, but it was a complete failure. Guess I’ll be buying something instead.

The granola I made is from a skillet granola recipe I learned about through the original Urban Homesteaders. I really appreciate it because a) it’s super quick, b) you can add whatever you want to it, and most importantly c) it’s done in a skillet so you don’t have to pull a cookie sheet out of the oven and stir it all the time and make a mess.

Confession: I did manage to make a huge mess even with the skillet version. (Charlie called it a “granola volcano.”) But that’s because I was running late and had to make 5 batches in 14 minutes. And it was really the pouring it into individual portions that got me. Anyway.

This is a nice weekend breakfast recipe, or you can make larger batches of it at one time and store it to use throughout the rest of the week.

Skillet Granola Recipe
Adapted from Mr. Breakfast

  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. As the butter begins to melt, slowly stir in the honey until well combined.
  2. Add the sunflower seeds and almonds and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the oats and cook 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring often, until the oats are golden brown. If your skillet is nice and hot, this will go really fast.
  4. Stir in dried cranberries just as the oats start to brown.
  5. Spread granola evenly over a large cooking sheet to cool.

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