Here are some fun facts about granola.
Granula (which is what it was originally called) was invented in Dansville, New York by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863. The Jackson Sanitarium was a prominent health spa that operated into the early 20th century on the hillside overlooking Dansville. It was composed of Graham flour and was similar to an oversized form of Grape-Nuts. (The name was changed to granola for legal issues) In the 1960s, granola was revived and fruits and nuts were added to it to make it a health food that was popular with the health and nature-oriented hippie movement.
However granola came about, I'm glad it did:) I try to always have granola in the house. I love it by the handful and on my yogurt smoothie bowls. It's an easy thing to make and you can customize it to your likes and dislikes. This recipe has a little more sugar than some of my usual recipes but it got me at 'chocolate'. I have to say, it's worth the time to make this - it's delicious and very satisfying;)
In a bowl, add and stir
3 1/2 c. oats (I like large flake)
3/4 c. raw whole almonds
1/4 pumpkin seeds
In a small saucepan, add and bring to a boil
1/3 c. honey
1/4 b. sugar
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Remove from heat and add in
3 oz. chopped dark chocolate (or just under 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
Once the chocolate has melted, pour over top of your oat mixture, stirring until the oats are coated with the chocolate.
Spread evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 300 for about 25-30 minutes, stirring the granola a couple of times during the baking
Let cool before breaking apart so the granola gets crispy.