This is the best granola I’ve ever had. Period. So, I had to share the recipe with you – even though it isn’t mine. My neighbor gifted it to me. Prior to its delivery, she texted to tell me that it was her favorite recipe. I’ve been making my own granola for quite some time, and I was pretty sure I’d already discovered my favorite granola recipe. But, I was wrong, hers was better, much better.
Cardamom is a spice I hadn’t thought of including in granola. I’ve always stuck to cinnamon. But, its hint of lemon and mint on the coconut and cashews clusters was delicious. Speaking of clusters, I learned from her instructions not to stir the granola while it cooks. Her other important tip was to add the chopped dried fruit at the end. This keeps the dried fruit from being, well, too dry.
There is nothing better than gifting a homemade treat. So, if you’re still considering what kind of gift to give for the holidays, make a sheet pan of this. I’ve still got gifts to bear for my sons’ teachers, our mailman, and my therapist. Lucky for them, they’ll be getting the best granola I’ve eaten thanks to my foodie neighbor, Alex Kalwerisky. Julia Child was right, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” Delicious recipes like this make loving to eat, easy.