Holiday Homemade Granola

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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.

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8 thoughts on “Holiday Homemade Granola

  1. After not making granola for some years I recently made a batch, just throwing together what I had on hand of the ingredients I remembered. It was ok, but could have been better. Your recipe sounds really good, I will try it for my next batch. Homemade granola is a great alternative to the high priced not so healthy store bought type. Good Christmas gift idea too!

  2. I love homemade granola! I love the freedom of choosing what ever ingredient you want in it… and it’s sooooo mcuh cheaper than buying it from the store.
    btw, thanks for reminding me that I need to make a bach myslef.

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