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Merry Ho Ho From Reggie the Horse & Vanilla Almond Granola Recipe

There was a knock and a whinny at my door late this morning.  When I opened it, I was delighted to see one of my neighbors with her sweet miniature horse, Reggie.  She said he was visiting his neighbors to say "Merry Ho Ho!"  He was very excited when I came outside, and he tossed his head happily and whinnied again. Oh, how I love our friendly neighbors, and living in the country!

Fortunately I had just baked some homemade granola and packaged a bunch for the holidays. It was a wonderful surprise to find them at my door, to visit for a few minutes and then send them on their way with a homemade treat.

Here is the recipe for the granola, which originally came from Bon Apetite but I've altered it slightly.

Vanilla Almond Granola


4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Adjust oven rack to the middle of oven, and preheat oven to 300°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Mix oats, almonds, dark brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a very large bowl, and set aside.  Stir together the oil, honey and granulated sugar in a small saucepan and then cook over medium until it comes to a boil (stir as it boils).  Remove from heat, and then add the vanilla, stirring quickly to combine.  Pour over the oat mixture, and then stir well until thoroughly combined.

Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, removing every 10 minutes to stir gently.  Cool completely, and then store in an airtight container in the cupboard.  Keeps well for up to 2 weeks.