I just finished making a 1/2 batch of granola and I thought I would post the recipe. A big thanks to Hammster posting it a few years back. It is my go-to granola recipe. I always halve the recipe and definitely watch when dissolving the brown sugar in the microwave since (at least for me) it never takes that long to dissolve and you want to make sure it doesn't overflow in the cup. I often cut back on the sugar, sometimes the walnuts get a bit too toasted if I'm using small pieces, and often take out of the oven before the time is up.
I freeze some of it too -- since it takes awhile to go through since usually just use it to top my yogurt.
Crunchy Granola Recipe courtesy Kathleen Daelemans , Show: Cooking Thin
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups rolled oats
2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, or slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and reserve. Combine brown sugar and water in a 4-cup microwave proof glass measuring cup or bowl. Place in microwave on high for 5 minutes and cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from microwave, add vanilla extract and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, and brown sugar syrup mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Spread the granola onto cookie sheets and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden and crunchy.
When the mixture comes out of the oven, it is still very pliable. You may choose to add in dried fruit as a finishing touch at this time. When granola has cooled completely, store in an airtight container.
Nutritional Analysis per 1/2 cup serving:
Calories 294 . Fat 10 g Saturated Fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 45 g Fiber 4.6 g , protein 7.3 g
Some other comments from the BB ......The recipe in the book only calls for 1 cup of brown sugar, all other ingredient quantities are the same. In a sidebar, it says, "Here's the skinny on this recipe: you can make it with 1 cup brown sugar and it won't be as clumpy or you can make it with up to 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and it will be clumpier. Manipulate the raw granola just before you put it in the oven by squeezing it together in your hands as you drop it onto the cookie sheets. The granola will clump together.