Take it to me to take a quite possibly healthy snack option, and turn it into a dessert. I have made granola numerous times, it’s one of my favorite things to have around the house, but somehow I had never tried adding granola to my ice cream. WOAH. That was a rookie mistake.
I whipped this batch of granola up specifically for my little brother as he traveled across the country, trying to provide him with a healthy snack. Unfortunately, I lightly burnt the first batch, so I made him a second batch and kept the first batch for myself.
Then, in an effort to salvage this overly toasted and enormous batch of granola, I started throwing the granola over vanilla ice cream and adding a little drizzle of caramel granola. Yet again, Epic game changer.
I discovered this awesome concoction in May, and have since then been craving this divine granola sundae- ie a several month craving. That’s serious! Thus, I recreated this granola to share it with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Brace yourself. You might just become addicted. 🙂
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 cups oats
- ¾ cup Craisins
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
- In a small sauce pot, combine the brown sugar, olive oil, orange juice, extracts, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- In a large bowl, pour the liquid mixture over the oats, and stir until the oats are evenly moist.
- Fold in the cranberries and transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- Bake for 17 minutes, and then turn the oven off. Leave the granola in the oven, and continue to let the granola crip up for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with yogurt, ice cream, milk, or eat just as is for a healthier snack!
Notes and Tips!:
- Source: A Rented Kitchen
- To make gluten free, simply use gluten free oats! To make vegan, throw over some vegan ice cream!
- Like this recipe? Try these other delicious treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipe link below!):