Pistachio-Craisin Granola

I’ve been having A LOT of fails lately, especially in the kitchen.  My last entry was about how my brussels sprouts were rotted before I even bought them, so making them was a no-go.   My Valentine’s treats weren’t at all what I set out to make.  My flatbread?  Delicious, but wasn’t supposed to be a flatbread… I killed my yeast, so it didn’t rise, and had to come up with a back-up plan.

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This week was no different.  I set out to make some powerballs:  they are basically no-bake, protein-packed energy balls, filled with deliciousness.  Some are more nut-butter based, some are oat-based… I chose the oat-based, which needs a sticky substance to make it, well, stick.  I’ve seen so many of these on Pinterest, I thought how hard can these be?  Being so excited to try these due to my cray cray schedule lately, I found a recipe with stuff I already had a home (pistachios, craisins, honey, oats).

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Impossible.

The result?  A sticky, non-clumping mess.  It was delicious, and I didn’t complain as I ate it off my sticky fingers and palms (great visual, right?), but I was certainly never going to get perfectly round, tightly formed balls out of this mess.

 Was I going to throw it all away?  Hell to the no!  Why waste a tasty concoction just because of a set-back?  I just had to come up with an alternate plan.  What can I do with this mess?

Bake it.  Granola.  Done.

It’s really really really really really good.  But it’s really easy to burn.  You NEED to go slow and low with your oven.  DO NOT go above 275.  I actually recommend 250 if you have the patience.  Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  • large bowl
  • spatula
  • baking sheet (or oven-proof dish, but thin/shallow is better for this!)
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 c rolled oats (I used quick oats, and it was fine 🙂 )
  • .5 c chopped pistachios (I pulsed them in my food processor)
  • .5 c craisins
  • .5 c honey
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • optional:  .5 c shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Spray your baking sheet AND your spatula with cooking spray.
  2. Mix everything in a large bowl. FullSizeRender (15) Make sure the honey is well-incorporated.  THIS WILL BE STICKY.  Don’t get too frustrated. You may need to spray your spatula a few times for mental peace. FullSizeRender (14)
  3. Pour your mixture onto your cookie sheet, and pat down with your spatula.FullSizeRender (13)
  4. After about 30 minutes, take out and stir granola. FullSizeRender (12) Pat down mixture and return to oven.
  5. Bake for another 30 minutes.  WATCH CAREFULLY SO THAT GRANOLA DOESN’T BURN.  You want golden-brown, not black.  FullSizeRender (11)
  6. Remove from oven, given a nice stir, and enjoy 🙂FullSizeRender (10)

Pistachio-Craisin Granola

  • Servings: 1 pan
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • large bowl
  • spatula
  • baking sheet (or oven-proof dish, but thin/shallow is better for this!)
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 c rolled oats (I used quick oats, and it was fine 🙂 )
  • .5 c chopped pistachios (I pulsed them in my food processor)
  • .5 c craisins
  • .5 c honey
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • optional:  .5 c shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Spray your baking sheet AND your spatula with cooking spray.
  2. Mix everything in a large bowl.  Make sure the honey is well-incorporated.  THIS WILL BE STICKY.  Don’t get too frustrated. You may need to spray your spatula a few times for mental peace.
  3. Pour your mixture onto your cookie sheet, and pat down with your spatula.
  4. After about 30 minutes, take out and stir granola.  Pat down mixture and return to oven.
  5. Bake for another 30 minutes.  WATCH CAREFULLY SO THAT GRANOLA DOESN’T BURN.  You want golden-brown, not black.
  6. Remove from oven, given a nice stir, and enjoy 🙂

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