I absolutely love homemade Granola and it makes a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list. I like to mix it up and even add fragrant spices such as cardamom and other spices. This time of year especially is a great time to experiment but here is my basic recipe that I wanted to share with all of you before another day goes by in case any of you would like to make up a special batch. I usually would put this in a canning jar with a bow around the top of the jar or a snazzy label but if you wanted to save money a ziplock type bag would suffice.
The picture shown above is how I actually keep my homemade granola at home in a snapware container to keep it fresh and delicious!
Holiday Homemade Granola
1/3 to 1/2 cup, veg oil, butter or light olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave nectar (use lesser amount if you are using honey or agave)
1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. cardamom (or whatever you want to spice it up with!)
4 C. flaked grains, such as oatmeal, spelt, and/or rye
1/3 C. flaked unsweetened coconut, or 1/3 C. wheat germ or 3 TBSP. nutritional yeast OR 2 T. flax seeds or 2 T. chia seeds
2 C. chopped nuts, and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, shelled sunflower, pumpkin seeds and or sesame seeds
1 C. chopped dried fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, cranberries, currants, raisins, and or cherries.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees in a small saucepan melt butter if using oil just warm it. and add your sweeter along with vanilla or whatever spices you are using. In a large bowl combine all and lay on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
This is so simple to make and I love that I control the quality and the ingredients in this recipe. I can make this healthier or more decadent for the holidays if I choose.
Goodnight Everyone! Oh and thanks for stopping by….