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Crunchy Granola Recipe

Kelly's kids love this with milk and fruit for a quick and easy breakfast.

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A healthy morning treat makes for a "Happy Day".

Kelly's kids love this with milk and fruit for a quick and easy breakfast. It's also delicious mixed with vanilla yogurt. Another option (kudos to Debbie's brother, John for the tip) is to mix the granola with a tablespoon of peanut butter for a satisfying snack. Any way you serve it...it's good stuff.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (we used 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans & 1/2 cup hazelnuts, but anything goes!)
  • 1-2 cups raisins and/or other dried fruit of choice (we add raisins after baking, but prefer to add coconut flakes before baking to get them toasted!)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 275F
  • Combine brown sugar and water in a 4 cup microwave safe glass bowl and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add Vanilla and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine oats, nuts, and brown sugar syrup mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon (and we added coconut at this point) and stir.
  • Spread granola onto 2 cookie sheets and bake 45-60 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. When mixture comes out of the oven it is still very pliable. You may choose to add dried fruit at this point.
  • When granola has completely cooled, store in an airtight container....of course, we choose our beloved mason jars.
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