This is a no tricks, simple and delicious brittle or granola.
The trick to its wonderful flavor is the toasting of the oats, as well as the good pinch of salt. Salt and sugar makes the taste buds explode.
Once you start nibbling on the brittle, you can't seem to quit eating.
This brittle is great over ice cream, also a treat on top of your favorite cereal.
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup crushed pecans or walnuts, or nuts of your choice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil --or your oil of choice
3/4 cup brown sugar --light or dark brown
1/4 cup Karo, or other corn syrup --light or dark
1/2 cup raisins or cranberries --by choice
Heat oil in large skillet.
Add oats and salt, mix quickly so oil is evenly soaked up by all the oats.
On medium to high heat brown the oats. Stir vigorously, turning them over and over until lightly toasted. Turn down heat when you first start to smell the toasting oats. You may even want to remove skillet to make sure the oats will not burn. (You could toast the nuts along with the oats.)
Turn heat to low. If the brown sugar has hard lumps, pre-soften in microwave.
Add nuts, raisins and brown sugar. Stir until all the sugar is melted and thoroughly mixed in. If this takes too long, turn up the heat slightly.
Add Karo (corn syrup) and stir until totally mixed in. Less Karo makes the final product more brittle and hard. More Karo will make it more chewy.
Empty skillet onto dinner plate to cool. . . Hint: First spray plate with a little non-stick spray.
You can also experiment using molasses or honey instead of corn syrup. Or by adding your favorite cereal to the mix, or cinnamon.
ALTERNATE MIX: Add 1 cup of natural peanut butter instead of nuts, then cut into bars and refrigerate.