Catharine here! Welcome back everyone. We know, we know, we went off the grid there for a hot sec but we've been in the kitchen all along preparing, plotting, and planning. Senior year has proved to be hectic for the two of us. Between looking for jobs (I recently landed one in California, check and check), working part time jobs, and 18-credit hours worth of class - we've been busy ladies.

We thought that for our first post back it would be appropriate to share an easy recipe that we like to make at the beginning of the week and have for the rest of the busy week. Enter: granola.

If you know anything about me, you'd know that I have a bad (good? neutral?) habit of wanting to try any combination of anything. My boyfriend kindly puts up with being the guinea pig, even when combinations get a littttttle out of whack. Peanut butter in lentil soup, it could work? Right?

Anyways... I think I finally nailed the whole "let's throw all the flavors together" thing with this granola recipe.

It is the perfect combination of smokey, salty, sweet, spicy, nutty and chocolatey. Oooof, deep breath. That seems like a lot but trust me guys.

Let's have a look, shall we?

+ Preheat oven to 300 F

+ Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

+ Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl

+ Pour wet over dry and stir stir stir! Get that granola all nice and mixed up and sticking together.

+ Pour granola onto baking sheet and spread evenly in one layer

* Feel free to clump some of the granola together if you prefer a chunkier bite

+ Pop in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, stir every 15 minutes or so to make sure it doesn't burn (this has happened to me a sad number of times. Don't be like me!)

+ Take out of the oven and let cool completely, store in air-tight container

Eat with milk and fresh fruit, on toast with peanut butter, on vanilla ice cream - or with your hands straight out of the jar (that's me, totally me.)






Everything granola / because well, this recipe does have a bit of everything.

3 cups of old fashioned oats

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 cup dried cherries (I used unsweetened, feel free to use sweetened)

1/2 cup pistachios (again, I used raw. It's up to you! Go nuts with it haha, sorry.)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Smoked flaked sea salt, to taste

1-2 tsp liquid smoke (You can use more or less, it depends on your preference for that "smokey" vibe. I can groove with those vibes so I used 2 tsp.)

1/4-1/2 cup olive oil (I like the nutty flavor of the olive oil but feel free to sub with canola, veg, coconut, etc., your choice!)

1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup (again, use honey, agave, brown rice syrup! Totally yours. Own it. Work it.)

* These last two are anywhere between 1/4-1/2 cup, I used a little bit in-between for both. You just want to make sure you have a nice liquid base to mix with the dry ingredients. Ya dig?