When you see a jar of box of granola, what do you do?
You look for the biggest chunk, of course.
7 ingredients isn’t a lot when it comes to making granola. 5 ingredients is pretty much the bare minimum you’ll need to making granola. Oats, nuts, oil, sweetener, and a pinch of salt. Eh. That’s boring, though.
I threw in some rice puffs to crunch-ify my granola, and I added a little secret ingredient.
1 egg white.
That’s it. Egg whites do some sort of magical binding trick with their high protein content and this helps bind the granola together so that you get big clumps! (Yay!)
I kid you not: When I first pulled this batch from the oven and let it cool, I literally lifted the entire sheet of granola from the baking tray. I have a feeling that I’ll be adapting this recipe to granola bars sometime soon…
- Granola is literally the most personalize-able baking food thing that I know. Throw in whatever nuts and seeds you want. Mix in some chocolate chips of dried fruit after you’ve baked it. Add a tablespoon or two of quinoa. Skip the rice puffs and use oats instead. The possibilities are endless!
7-Ingredient Granola Chunks
Makes about 5 cups
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup rice puffs
- 1 1/2 cup nuts/seeds of choice, cut into smaller pieces if necessary (I used 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup hazelnuts, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg white, whisked lightly until foamy
- Preheat oven to 175C
- Combine oats, rice puffs, nuts/seeds, olive oil, honey, salt, and egg white in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined
- Spread the mixture over a baking sheet, lined with greased parchment paper
- Bake for 30-40 minutes without stirring until just beginning to turn golden brown
- Remove from oven and leave to cool (it’ll crisp up and harden as it cools)
- Break into chunks and enjoy!