I often have this urge to distill things down to their essential elements, it helps me figure out just what is going on, and then I can change whatever I would like.
This granola recipe started that way. It’s a perfect platform for whatever spices, extra nuts, dried fruit, coconut (add these last two after baking) etc. you would like to add to make it your own. You could also substitute honey or another sweetener, and/or the oil of your choice, and/or different grains. Personally, I like the simple toasted-oats-and-molasses flavor of this one so much that I keep making it, just as it is.
Melt over low heat in a large skillet:
2 Tablespoons butter
1 heaping Tablespoon molasses
When warm and melted add:
6 cups oats (I like thick cut)
Stir immediately and keep stirring until the oats are uniformly barely coated. It seems like there is not enough molasses and butter, but, just keep stirring.
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts etc.)
Scoop onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350°, stirring every five minutes to keep the edges from getting too brown. Do this three or four times until lightly toasted all over. Let cool.
What’s in your favorite granola?