Granola is one of my favorite things to eat. My only problem is not knowing when to stop.
A few months ago, I started to make my own granola. The first batch was probably the best one! I looked for soooo many granola recipes on all kinds of food blogs. The best thing I saw was on Buzzfeed: How to make the best granola ever. I love this article because it explains all the different ways you can make granola, and how to tweak the recipe without adding too much or too little of the essential components (grain, nuts, sweetener, oil, salt). Less essential but so delicious? coconut, seeds, dried fruit, spices, chocolate, egg white. I think spices should be essential though. A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way. Once you know the basics, you can go wild and do whatever you want!
I mostly used... everything. I even tried little variations. I made a small batch adding some matcha green tea, and a small batch adding coffee extract. The matcha one wasn't sweet enough but the coffee one was good. Trial and error. That's how you learn.
Above anything else, I needed to know how to make clumps. I searched online for all the secrets. Apparently adding egg white is supposed to help. And baking the granola at a lower heat, not stirring at all and taking it out a little bit earlier than the recipe says. I tried all these things. One time I put too much oil and sweetener and didn't stir at all, and it came out really strange and cakey. Not that great.
I love making granola! My dad keeps asking me when I'm going to make more. Soon soon. It was super easy and delicious. It's definitely something you should try to make at home instead of buying at the store. Let me know if you try it! Have you got any interesting combinations? I want to try matcha again, maybe add some white chocolate in there... I also want to try vanilla & pecan... and many, many other variations.