Sunday, June 19, 2011

Easy Homemade Granola

I have another recipe for granola that has about 15 ingredients and takes a couple hours. This is almost as good and sooo much easier! I actually like the simplicity of it. By making your own, you control the amount of oil and sugar. Next morning all you'll need is a little plain yogurt and some mixed berries and you are set. And a cappuccino...

Simple Cinnamon Pecan Granola makes about 4 cups (store in airtight container for a few weeks)

3 cups old-fashioned oats - not instant or quick cooking
1 and 1/2 cups pecan halves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4- 1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon vanilla

Heat sugar and water together and stir in the oil and vanilla. Mix oats, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and then pour in the sugar water tossing to coat well. Pour into a large sheet pan, spreading in a single layer. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 min. then stir and bake another 15 min. Let cool completely in pan, it will crisp up when it's cool.

Post note: It's hard not to pick out and eat all the nuts!

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