Friday, August 23, 2013

Sweet 16th: Lemon Lavender Granola

Alright!  I finally did it and got around to making something to share with you guys! 

As I mentioned the other day, I was having a little trouble locating an ingredient for this: the lavender.  I was looking for dried lavender flowers.  Coming from a small (hippie) town I expect to be able to walk into a grocery and find this kind of thing.  Apparently that is not the case everywhere, so I had to make a special trip to a co-op grocery while visiting a friend, where (as expected) they had lavender flowers in bulk. 

Anyways, if you have easy access to dried lavender, the rest of this recipe is really quite simple.  Here's what you need:

4 cups thick cut or rolled oats
1 cup thin sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
pinch of salt

1/2 cup honey
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons ground dried lavender
1 tsp lemon juice

In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

Next, get your lavender flowers and lemon zest and juice ready.

In a small sauce pan, heat the honey, butter and oil until just bubbling.  Stir in the lavender, zest and lemon juice.   Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for about 10 minutes.

Work the honey mixture into the dry ingredients with a spatula.  Spread the mixture out in a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 320 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  It should turn golden and dry.


It is delicious plain, but I like mine with a little milk, and maybe a handful of fresh berries if I'm feeling fancy. 

The flavors are fairly mild in this blend.  The lemony taste shows up first with the lavender coming in as a soft aftertaste.  It is definitely not too flowery.  Also, it will make your house smell awesome while you're baking it!

Happy baking!

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