I got it from my Mama

I am currently so beyond excited because my mom arrives in Madrid tomorrow morning!!! It's been an amazing 6 weeks in Europe so far but I still miss her so much every day and I can't wait to spend the next week and a half with her! (My dad joins us next Tuesday too!) We have a day to explore Madrid together tomorrow, then we leave to spend the weekend in Rome so I can find my Paolo and stuff my face with pasta. Italy is among the most amazing places I've ever been and I'm so excited to go back, especially to a city I've never been to before! In honor of my mom's arrival, I figured I'd share a super special recipe, one she's becoming rather famous for: her incredible granola. I seriously can't stop myself from eating this stuff once I start. I put it on my yogurt, my morning oatmeal, and it's seriously best just eaten plain out of the jar. I'm so obsessed and so is anyone who tries it. It's also super easy to make! This was the original recipe, which she has since adjusted to perfect it, but I'm going to keep those adjustments as a Bilas family secret. You can add whatever into it to make it your own! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (this can be omitted) 

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, fruit, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.  

In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and honey. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture, toss with a spoon. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes). Let granola cool completely and break it into chunks to store in an airtight container. Store in freezer to keep it fresher longer. 

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