I have this theory.
If I was a superhero (ahem, superheroine), my Kryptonite would be homemade granola. I’d be able to climb tall buildings, travel for miles in a single bound and save cats stranded in trees with no more effort than it takes to lift a pinky finger – but one whiff of granola and I’m a goner.
So you can only imagine how hard it was for me to make this homemade Cherry, Maple & Walnut Granola
and force myself to not devour all seven cups in one sitting. Even now, I can taste it in my memory and wish I could have the power to go back in time and relive the past. Or that one power where you can snap your fingers and granola would just appear, already made, right in front of you. I think they call that telegranolasis.
But this granola is so good – so tart and sweet and savory and crunchy all at the same time – that even without that granola-appearing superpower, it’s worth the time it takes to make it. The magic that is this homemade granola is a masterpiece that takes no more effort to create than it does to lift a pinky finger (see above, cats in trees), and most of that magic takes place in the oven.
The walnuts get crunchier, the coconut gets toastier, the sunflower seeds and pepitas get more savory. And once you remove it from the oven, let it cool and toss in the dried cherries, it transforms into its final, scrumptious and undeniable product.
So undeniable, in fact, that I doubt any superhero wouldn’t swoon after a single bite.
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