I don’t know that I really invented anything here, but it’s pure deliciousness.
So about two weeks ago, a group of friends and I decided we were going to be diligent about not packing on the pounds this holiday season. For a number of reasons, we’ve let ourselves go and want to get back to the state where we feel comfortable in our clothes and shine like the suns we are. Everyone had a different goal – lose a dress size, eat better and consciously, drink more water, shave off inches, etc. – she was going to attain by the end of the year. Usually I say something really trite like ‘I’m giving up sugar.’ Yeah, right. I decided it’s more realistic to set manageable goals for sugar.
That being said, I’ve relegated sugar to work hours (8-5) so that the exercise I do after work will counter the consumption. I typically put a packet of hot chocolate in my oatmeal, but I wanted to start eating foods that I made from scratch so I know what I’m putting in my body.
In come streusel granola. Streusel is one of my all-time favorite toppings. You can keep the nuts, sprinkles and all that other stuff. A good streusel goes a long way. The problem is traditionally it’s kinda… well… limp. I needed to crisp it up if it was going to be part of my oatmeal life. What I found was stirring and baking it a little longer was the key to the buttery oatmealyness I desired.
Epic win! Yayuh!
- ½ cup granulated sugar (you can use brown sugar)
- ½ cup oats
- ⅓ cup flour
- ⅛ tsp vanilla salt
- 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the sugar, oats, flour and salt. Add the butter cubes. Using your fingers, blend the butter into the flour mixture until it forms crumbs.
Spread the streusel onto a baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring around 10 minutes. If the streusel isn’t crispy, stir, breaking up any pieces and bake an additional 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir again, turn off the oven and let the streusel sit in the oven for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.