My husband and I have a dog named Charley. He is likely the sweetest dog you could ever meet. He’s also smart and very protective, which is helpful in our neighborhood.
Charley has a weakness, however. Food. He cannot get enough. His large appetite paired with his large size and intelligence means a constant vigilance on our part to prevent him from getting into food. I envy friends who have small dogs who can’t reach on top of kitchen counters and shelves or into cabinets. Sigh.
For the most part, I have learned from my mistakes. It only takes one loss to learn what Charley is capable of reaching or opening, but morning is a bad time for my memory. If I’m rushing out the door and focused on helping my husband not forget his belongings, I sometimes forget those previous mistakes.
You know where this is going, right?
I was tired. I stayed up late the night before making granola to enjoy for my breakfast the rest of the week. It smelled so good, and I really enjoyed the one bowl I had. But, then, we were in a hurry. I remembered to put away everything, well, almost everything. I forgot the container of granola that was still sitting on the back of the kitchen counter…easily in reach of our long and lean dog.
Well, Charley loved the granola. I think you will agree with him, but I hope your dog does not.
Makes about 5 cups
(Modified from Molly Wizenberg’s recipe)
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp agave syrup
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
Mix oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, combine honey, agave syrup, and oil and stir over medium-low heat until smooth.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and toss.
Spread onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden; stirring every 10 minutes.
Stir baked granola and let cool on sheet. Once cool, mix in raisins.
Store in airtight (and dog-proof) container. Stays fresh about 1 week, if you keep Charley away.