Stovetop Granola: A Formula

This recipe is for those moments when you just need granola like RIGHT NOW and you don’t want to wait 45 minutes for it to crisp up in the oven. Instead of writing an regular recipe, I’ve written a formula—the approximate amounts and ratios of what you’ll need and how to prepare it. The rest is up to you, though I’ve come up with a few flavor combinations to get you started. So grab a nice wide skillet, turn on your stove, and let’s make some stovetop granola. 

Makes roughly 2-4 servings of granola, depending on how much you eat at once. (I shovel it into my mouth by the bowlful, so I adjust accordingly.)

1 cup of grains

1-2 tbsp fat

1-2 tbsp sweetener 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp other spices

1 cup add ins

Pinch of sea salt 

1/4-1/2 cup dried fruit

Start by melting 1 tbsp fat with 1-2 tbsp sweetener on low heat. Pour in grains and stir to coat. Cook for 8-10 mins, stirring often. Keep a close eye on it bc IT WILL BURN SO FAST. If the mixture feels too dry, add a little more fat. Once grains are cooked, toss in your spices and salt. I recommend 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp each of other spices. 

Cook for a bit, then taste. If you like it sweeter, add more sweetener! Stir in your add ins and any dried fruit. Take off the heat and let cool for a few minutes so it can form those amazing giant clusters.

My favorite way to eat it is with almond milk (hot or cold) and fresh fruit, but the applications are endless. Eat it straight, pile it on top of yogurt with fruit, or sprinkle it on top of ice cream. You can even make a savory version, which is amazing with plain yogurt and olive oil, on salad, tossed with roasted vegetables, or sprinkled on top of a creamy soup. 

Recommended Flavor Combinations:

  • Rolled oats/red quinoa + coconut oil + honey + cinnamon + ginger + pecans + shaved coconut 

  • Rolled oats/steel cut oats + browned butter + maple syrup + cinnamon + nutmeg + sliced almonds + raisins 

  • Rolled oats/quinoa + olive oil + coconut sugar + cinnamon + cardamom + chopped walnuts + shelled sunflower seeds + dried apricots 

  • Rolled oats/quinoa + olive oil + agave* + black pepper + fresh rosemary + fresh oregano + chopped pecans

*for savory versions, I use just a touch of sweetener instead of the full 1-2 tbsp

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