Vanilla-scented Granola

adapted from Bon Appetit, March 2002

Makes about 8 cups

Granola is so expensive in the store, but it's really easy to make at home for a fifth the price. Add in your favorite nuts and dried fruits!


4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 300°F. Mix next 5 ingredients in large bowl. Combine oil, honey, and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well. Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.

Spread granola on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)

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