Here are the ingredients that you need to compile to complete this recipe:
- 3 cups/700 g rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup/200 g nuts and seeds
- ½ cup/120 g dried fruit
- ½ cup/100 ml dark honey
- ¼ cup/50 g unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp/5 g cinnamon
- 1 tbsp/15 ml vanilla
Here are the instructions you need to follow to complete this recipe:
- Preheat your oven to 300F/150C. While the oven warms up, soften your honey in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. You don’t want it to boil, but you do want to get it a little bit runny.
- Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon. Once those are well blended, add your oats, coconut flakes, and nuts or seeds. I add things like pepitas and peanuts, but feel free to use sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or whatever crunchy bits suit you.
- Just rub your hands down with some oil (it helps keep everything from sticking to your skin) and get in there with your bare hands from the very start. Really knead it so everything is coated in a little honey. Once you’re satisfied with the honey to crunchy bits ratio, butter the heck out of a cookie sheet and spread your mix out as thinly as possible.
- Bake it for about 15 minutes. Use a rubber or silicone spatula to break it all up and mix it around, then try to once more spread it thinly. Pop the mix back in the oven and bake it for another 10-12 minutes, or until it just barely starts to brown.
- While it’s still hot, mix in your choice of dried fruit. I’m a big fan of cherries and blueberries, but you’re welcome to use cranberries, raisins, pineapple, mango, banana chips, or whatever makes your mouth happy.
- Store your homemade kitty kibble in a glass jar or bowl at room temperature for however long you can keep your hands off it.