August 17, 2011

Homemade Granola

This makes a HUGE batch, so don't be scared by the amount of sugar in it. My favorite way to eat it is to core an apple and cut into quarters, then spread with peanut butter, and then press the peanut butter side into the granola (see picture). It's an awesome breakfast or snack, and very healthy :)  You could also put it in yogurt, or cereal, etc.

Homemade Granola

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 275. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine sugar and water. Microwave on high for a couple of minutes to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Add the oats and almonds and stir until they are coated with the sugar mixture. Spread thinly onto the baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes. It'll feel pliable when you take it out of the oven, but it'll be crunchy when it cools. Each serving is 1/4 cup.

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