Brown Sugar Granola

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup water

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon kosher salt

8 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant or steel cut)

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped


Heat oven to 275F.

Line baking sheets with parchment.

Combine brown sugar and water in a microwavable bowl or measuring cup.

Microwave on 'High' for 5 minutes, until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from microwave, stir in salt and vanilla.

 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine oats and nuts.

Add the brown sugar mixture and stir to coat evenly.

Spread on cookie sheets and bake for about 1 hour, until oats and nuts are roasted.

When granola has cooled completely, store in an air-tight container.

Note: I have found that it keeps better if I don't mix dried fruit in for storage and just add to individual portions. (Serves 10-12.)