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#12- Crunchy Maple Granola

20141214_160229For 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!

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Bag from Michael's

Bag from Michael’s

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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Combine oats, nuts, pepitas, coconut in a large bowl.
  4. Combine oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan
  5. Heat the syrup mixture until just boiled. Take off heat
  6. Pour the oil mixture all over the oat mixture. Mix until well coated.
  7. Spread granola in the baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, checking and stirring often to prevent burning (every 10-15 mins).
  9. In the meantime, scrub oranges and grate the orange for zest (use a microplaner, and don’t grate any of the white pith)
  10. Cool
  11. Stir in zest and dried fruits. Store granola in a cool place.
  12. When kept in an airtight container (at room temperature), this can last for 2 weeks.
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#6 – Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, with a twist

20141126_144918Baby, it’s cold outside…! The cold blustery weather this week (and the last) calls for something classic and comforting- like oatmeal raisin cookies.

I am planning to share these at a seminar I’m hosting, and for a super fun pizza party – both tomorrow! Exciting things.

I added a quick grate of orange rind for a zesty twist to these cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats or wheat flakes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp grated orange rind

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cream butter
  3. Add in the brown and granulated sugar, and cream well
  4. Combine and beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk to the above ingredients, until smooth
  5. Sift together the flour, baking soda and powder, salt in a separate bowl; then combine with the wet ingredients until smooth
  6. Add in the oats, raisins, and orange rind
  7. Combine everything well.
  8. Drop cookies 2″ apart on a well-greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, or until light brown

The recipe was adapted from the Joy of Cooking.

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Waiting is the hardest part!

Waiting is the hardest part!

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