Bourbon Cacao Nib Granola

I wasn’t a granola fan until recently. Bulk health food store granola is either too hippie, too sweet, or just plain stale; and packaged granola is often too precious or expensive.

My opinion of granola changed after I made my first batch. I made it for Mr. Graham when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy and was in full on nesting mode. He liked granola and I thought it would be fun to give it a try. So I whipped up a batch, and before the tray of granola cooled, I was hooked. It satisfied the lemony, salty, crunchy cravings I had. I was seriously addicted until a year ago - just ask my family.

Since then I have tried many different methods, and we now have an easy house granola we love. These days I have a tiny helper too. We don’t measure the ingredients - I usually dump oats in a bowl, add some chopped nuts, some seeds, coat it lightly in olive oil and maple syrup and then sprinkle on some salt, lemon zest, and cardamom. My daughter does all the stirring, and sometimes a fair amount ends up on the floor, but truth be told, it is more fun to make granola with her, and a little mess here or there, such is life. 

But our house granola is not the recipe I want to share. Christmas is coming and during the holidays I like to make a more festive granola. I like to add some chocolate and bourbon to our breakfast table.

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