Wednesday, December 8, 2010

GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN: Christmas Granola


Homemade granola is just about one of my favourite things to make (and eat!). It is one of those foods that is made of such simple ingredients, you don't think it can be anything special. But some kind of magical kitchen synergy happens during the granola preparation process and the end product is both delicious and nourishing.

I decided I would embellish my basic granola recipe to make a holiday version by using dried cranberries in place of the raisins, and raw pumpkin seeds instead of my usual half sunflower seed/half pumpkin seed blend. This gives the granola a nice natural red-and-green effect, perfect for Christmas. You could use pistachios instead of the pumpkin seeds if you prefer, for another "green" option.

This is a great food gift when you're looking for something healthy to give that will still "wow" the recipient!

Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup pumpkin seeds or pistachios
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil, olive oil or butter (or a combination of any of those!)
1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and ginger. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey and oil. Heat gently and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until oats are evenly coated. Spread on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 30 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool, then stir in cranberries.

Looking for more food gift ideas?
Candied Peanuts
Puppy Chow (for people, not pets!)
How to make a "fancy" loaf of bread for gifting
What to give with a loaf of bread

I shared this recipe at Tasty Tuesday and Friday Favorites.

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