[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

When it comes to making granola, I occasionally go overboard. Case in point: last year's Ultimate Tropical Granola which I was totally obsessed with but did contain oats, banana chips, macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, brazil nuts, dried mango, candied papaya, candied pineapple, pepitas, agave syrup, coconut sugar, olive oil, vanilla, and salt. Kind of a lot of work for breakfast.

This recipe is practically spartan in comparison, relying on a mix of oats, honey, orange zest, and almonds. This is the kind of granola you could actually sprinkle over your yogurt without feeling like you just pulled all 16 handles at the frozen yogurt shop. It's the kind you eat with milk, in a bowl, not carry around as trail mix.

Of course if you wanted to, you could easily add dried fruit—raisins, tart cherries, or even dried strawberries would be nice. But I'll have mine plain, with the almonds only barely chopped, and focus on waking up instead.

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About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios


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