Firstly I'd just like to confess that I made a "once you go black you never go back" joke at an interview for a job at a coffee shop this morning. Not sure what my brain was thinking. Slightly regretful. 

TODAY'S A DAY OF CELEBRATION!! Why? BECAUSE YOU'RE ABOUT TO MAKE AND EAT YOUR VERY OWN GRANOLA!! I've never made homemade granola before, but I absolutely love granola so I don't know why I haven't! Now I doubt I'll ever go back to buying it from the store. Once you go homemade granola ... you never go back? Idk.

Anyway, this is how I made my granola. I just sort of guessed at times and stuff, and it seemed to work! I'm sure there are more specific granola-making secrets, but this is how I made my own!

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. 

In a bowl, mix up the following ingredients:
-2 cups of coarsely cut oats
-1 cup of hazelnuts ground in a food processor
-A handful of craisins/raisins/other dried fruit
-1 tablespoon of cinnamon
-1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
-a pinch of salt
-2/3 cup of pure maple syrup
-1/4 cup of brown sugar
Spray a cookie sheet with some nonstick spray and spread your granola out on the sheets.
Stick your cookie sheets in the oven for about 10 minutes. Take them out and lift and mix up the granola a bit. Put in the oven for another 6 to 8 minutes. Take them out, let cool, and pack em up for many breakfasts and snacks to come!!
I honestly cannot believe how easy and rewarding it is to make homemade granola. The only thing difficult about the whole event for me was avoiding the sink because it was being guarded by one of these..
(It's a wasp.)

Anyway, he eventually baked himself on the light fixture in the kitchen until he was so out of it that I could safely carry him out atop a porcelain spoon holder. So yeah.


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