You read that right: bacon granola. Last year, I was surprised by how easy it is to make granola rather than buy it. What’s more, there are countless ways to modify your homemade granola, from adding a cup of coconut or seeds or nuts or dried fruit or even chocolate as it’s cooling. So, of course, I wondered about the food of the millennium: bacon. Sure, you can always fry up some bacon and crumble it into your own purchased granola, but here’s a way to get a bit more of that bacon flavor into more of the granola while also getting some of the sweet of the honey onto the bacon. It’s a marriage of the salty and sweet, smoky and oatsy. And, I’d skip adding any of the other tasty bits like nuts or fruit unless you also increase some of the honey and oil, which is difficult to do while also balancing the bacon flavor.
So, with very few ingredients, you’ll have a delicious batch of bacon granola. Be sure to use thick bacon, as the thinly sliced bacon just cooks (and tend to burn) too quickly for the rest of the oats mixture to keep up and brown to a crisp. Also, take the pro tip from me, throwing two slices of bacon into the freezer makes for much easier cutting than when it’s at a temperature that's closer to room temp...a solid fat and meat makes for a cleaner cut than the rubbery fat and meat. Then, be sure to let the sliced pieces of bacon thaw before adding to the granola mixture and putting in the oven.
The resulting granola is crispy with a nice bacon flavor with actual bits of bacon throughout. It's not a granola that clumps together well, be sure to scroll down for the egg white version if you'd prefer your granola to stick together in clumps.