This is my favorite recipe for homemade granola. It is quick and simple to make, and can be easily adapted to your liking: add wheat germ, flax, or coconut – just keep the dry-to-syrup ratio equal; or toss in some dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries) after baking. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. But I like it best as-is, served with yogurt and fresh fruit.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds)
Preheat oven to 275. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a microwave-proof bowl, combine brown sugar and water. Microwave 4 minutes, or until sugar is completely dissolved. Add salt and vanilla extract.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, and syrup until thoroughly mixed. Spread granola onto the baking sheet and bake 45 minutes or until golden and crunchy. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
yield: 6 cups (about 12 servings)