Up until last week, I thought granola was just a thing. You know, like almonds, or walnuts, or oats. Just a thing, not something you make. Boy was I wrong. It’s a toasted combination of things like oats, walnuts and almonds. Granola is delicious and very good for you – great for breakfast or even a filling snack. It’s filled with whole grains, unsaturated oils, lots of protein and a little bit of sweetness. Let’s add a little more protein with some bacon!

Ingredients:

8 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

3 cups Rolled Oats

¼ cup Raw Sunflower Seeds

¼ cup Chopped Walnuts

¼ cup Slivered Almonds

½ cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Ground Ginger

3 tbsp Honey

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

¼ cup Golden Raisins

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix together your oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds (and anything else you want in your granola), plus your cinnamon, ginger, half your brown sugar, honey, maple syrup and vegetable oil. Mix this all together thoroughly.

2. Place this magical mixture onto a lined baking sheet and toast in a 350F oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the mixture has gone a beautiful golden brown. Remember to stir every 5-10 minutes to make sure you get a nice even toast.

3. Prepare your caramelized bacon. Lay out your bacon strips and coat with the remainder of the brown sugar. Bake these at the same time as your granola for roughly 7-10 minutes per side until the bacon has gone crispy.

4. Mix together your toasted granola with your golden raisins and chopped bacon. Grab a big ‘ol glass of milk and chow down!