Maple Pecan Granola

Hot from the oven, Maple Pecan Granola
I spoke of this recipe a while back and luckily I received a copy of the Deaf Smith cookbook which lists an Almond crunch granola and this is my version of that recipe.  My sister is visiting from Fishers, In. this weekend with her family and I am going to send this plus some other goodies to our son who lives north of them with her.

4 C. old fashioned or organic rolled oats
2 C. pecans roughly broken
2/3 C. canola oil
1/2 C. pure maple syrup
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.   Measure and mix all of these ingredients well in a large bowl.  Spread evenlt in a foil lined half sheet pan.  Bake 30 minutes and remove from the oven and stir well.  Reduce the heat to 225 degrees F and continue to bake for 30 minutes more.  Granola should be toasty brown!!

Remove from the oven and cool.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy as a snack or at breakfast with milk or yogurt and fruit.

Note:  If you would prefer the Almond Crunch version just replace the maple syrup with honey and the pecans with almonds.

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