For those looking to make a great and healthy (and edible) (and last-minute) Christmas gift, here is a granola recipe I’ve always used. Granola is really good with some fruit and milk/yogurt – or just alone as a snack!
To gift it, you can put the granola in a mason jar, and put a decorative ribbon/twine around it. Or use a cookie/goodie bag, with a window to reveal the granola!
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups chopped nuts (almonds/pecans/cashews)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup pepitas
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp orange zest (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries)
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper
- Combine oats, nuts, pepitas, coconut in a large bowl.
- Combine oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan
- Heat the syrup mixture until just boiled. Take off heat
- Pour the oil mixture all over the oat mixture. Mix until well coated.
- Spread granola in the baking sheets.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, checking and stirring often to prevent burning (every 10-15 mins).
- In the meantime, scrub oranges and grate the orange for zest (use a microplaner, and don’t grate any of the white pith)
- Stir in zest and dried fruits. Store granola in a cool place.
- When kept in an airtight container (at room temperature), this can last for 2 weeks.