Crunchy Granola - YUM!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

I’ve always been a fan of crunchy. Ice chips. Toasted English muffins. Popcorn and pretzels.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants a little something special on top of her morning bowl of yogurt and fruit? Add some granola, of course!

A friend of mine knows my affection for crunch and passed along a recipe for some of the best homemade granola I believe I’ve ever tasted. It’s easy to make, has no added fat and provides the option for munching on it as is or with a variety of additions.

I like it straight.
I go for it sprinkled on top of things.
And it’s a pleasure to eat with dried fruit and dark chocolate on-the-go.

Basically, it’s become a staple in my kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Crunchy Granola
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups whole oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Combine brown sugar and water in a 4 cup microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl. Remove from microwave. Add vanilla and salt. In large mixing bowl, combine oats and almonds. Pour syrup over all and mix thoroughly. Spread onto cookie sheets and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and CRUNCHY.

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