Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vanilla Scented Granola

And yet another granola recipe. This one is a winner with Don. I have made it twice now and doubled it the 2nd time. He loves it and the girls do, too!

Vanilla Scented Granola
adapted from Bon Appetit, March 2002 (via Epicurious.com)

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, pecans, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large heatproof bowl. Add the oil, honey, and granulated sugar to a small saucepan. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer then turn off the heat and mix in the vanilla extract. Pour the hot oil mixture over the oat mixture and use a rubber spatula to mix until the ingredients are well combined.

Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Let the granola cool then add the dried cranberries and stir to incorporate. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 8 cups

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