Last week I picked up a copy of Bon Appetit at the market and I have to say, I'm smitten. I have been working on waking up breakfast for some time now and apparently, so do the busy parents at Bon Appetit. The truth is, I'm just not a morning person. Waking up before 8 is seriously difficult for me, no matter how early I get to bed. I should work on that. But that's beside the point. I've come to sort of outgrow breakfast cereal (no offense to cereal lovers aka my husband aka champion Peanut Butter Crunch eater). I just don't like it that much anymore. And I get pretty tired of cleaning up bowls of it from the floor, I will admit. They don't eat it, they just spread it.
SO.. like I said, I've been wanting to wake up my breakfast routine. I had planned on making granola this past week when I went to the store and then I got home and I read about these beautiful brown butter blondies with sea salt over at Alexandra's Kitchen and I seriously considered some serious baking. But I came to my senses and decided to do a mash-up. Granola. Brown butter. Sea salt. So good.
Turns out though, that the sesame is a super predominant flavor in this granola. Sesame. Brown butter. That's a combo I can do.
Feel free, if you're cutting out trans fats, to use all coconut oil. Or use different nuts. Or add more nuts. Or different seeds. Or use agave instead of honey. Or to omit the brown sugar. You guys, it's granola. As long as you don't burn it, it will probably be delicious. This is a small batch because I hate feeling the guilt of "I made a huge batch of granola and I can't eat it all." It's easy enough to double or triple if you have a bigger family or an occasion or you eat granola uncontrollably.
Small Batch Brown Butter & Sea Salt Granola
adapted and inspired by Bon Appetit and Alexandra's Kitchen
1 egg white
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned)
1/4 cup almonds, chopped (ends up being about 1/3 cup)
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/8 cup sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
sprinkle of cinnamon
a handful of dark chocolate chips, if you're into that sort of thing.
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Place butter in small saucepan and skillet. Let melt. And then brown (About 5 minutes, but watch it.. you want it browned, not burned). Once butter is browned, add coconut oil to melt. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. Beat egg white in a large bowl until white and very frothy.
4. Now gently add oats, almonds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, sea salt, cinnamon and honey. Gently stir ingredients together, then add the butter and stir more.
*Tip: Before measuring honey, lightly spread coconut oil around measuring cup. The honey will slide more easily out of the measuring cup.
5. Spread granola in a semi-thick layer on baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Bake 40-45 minutes, checking after 20 and 30 minutes. If you want chunky granola, don't stir. If you prefer no chunks, feel free to stir gently at the checking points.