These are my little tangerine jewels. I have one of these little guys sitting here with me right now.
"get me naked and eat me right now" he keeps whispering to me...
Mmmmm...amazingly sweet, not at all what you think these little fruits would taste like.
On to the homemade granola... I have made this granola four times in, what, two-three weeks? Even the littlest sous chef, Nanny Goat, made it. If you have twenty five minutes, make this recipe. This takes less time then going to the grocery store, fighting the crowds, hearing crying kid screaming about 'Why can't I have the bouncy ball and the Red Bull drink. Pleeeeeease Mooooommmmeeeeee!', standing in line behind the the little old man paying in change, finally paying for your box of granola, then driving home remembering halfway there you forgot some milk and a box of tampons. Just make the granola already.
Homemade Granola:(inspired by Orangette)
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (Orangette's recipe calls for unsweetened coconut but I could not find it anywhere)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
A big pinch of salt
4 tablespoons of honey (Orangette's recipe calls for 6 tbls. but because we had sweetened coconut 4 tbls. worked well. But if you want it sweet, add the 6 tbls. honey plus the sweetened coconut. We did it this way once with mixed results. Some people loved it, others complained)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup, or more, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I have omitted this and added 6 ounces of dried cranberries. Some dried dates would be mind blowing-ly good. Add what you would like.)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well.
In a small sauce pan warn the honey and oil over low heat, whisking occasionally, until honey is loose.
*note: if you want a really crunchy granola do this. If you want it a little bit softer just pour the honey and oil straight into the oat mixture.
Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about twenty minutes, or until golden. Halfway through the baking time give the granola a stir, to help cook evenly. Remove the pan from oven and stir again. When completely cool, add the chocolate. Transfer to a airtight container.