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food gifting: homemade granola

Posted on December 15th, 2011  |  6 Comments

Holy shenanigans this junk is ridic.(ulous)

A handful will not suffice.

I recommend quadrupling the recipe and giving it ALL away. Then you won’t become a full-blown granola addict.

Actually, what in the hay is wrong with that?

Granola is fiber with fun, and don’t we all need a bit more fiber (and fun) in our lives?

By filling us up and keeping us full, granola is the perfect snack  when you’re starving but the big meal isn’t for an hour or so. Or the big meal is supposed to be in an hour or so, but time is relative, so it really doesn’t happen for a couple plus a few hours. Ahh the holidays. Everyone together, talking together, eating together, laughing together and starving together. It’s family. :)

So be sure to whip up some homemade granola for the occasion. Bring one as a gift and another as a taster. Actually bring two as a gift – homemade granola is where it’s at for holiday gifting. Don’t believe me? I made a list..and checked it twice.

Why homemade granola is da bomb holiday gift:

1. It’s cheap. Real cheap. But it fixes up real nice, pretty woman style.

2. It’s easy. Super easy. Just assemble and bake.

3. It’s good. Too good. Too good not to share with love ones during this holiday season.

Did I mention there are 5 ingredients?! Well 6 if you count the salt, but I’m not so it’s 5.

‘Tis the season for food gifting. Give the gift of fiber granola.

~l

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homemade granola

by lafig

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. raw pepitas
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp smoked salt
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

Or you could use:

walnuts

pecans

almonds

pistachios

pumpkin seeds

sunflower seeds

cashews

orange zest

lime zest

cinnamon

After baking you can embellish with dried fruits (cranberries, blueberries, mango), dried figs, dates or raisins. Also adding flax seeds and/or chia seeds would amp up the nutritional value a ton!

I like making 1 c. batches at a time in my toaster oven so I can try a bunch of different flavor combinations, feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors.

Combine the honey and coconut oil in a small bowl and heat until melted, then whisk to combine.

In a small bowl or on a baking sheet toss together the oats, seeds, zest and salt.

Pour over the honey/oil mixture and mix with the oats using your hands.

Spread into a thin layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7 mins then remove from oven and toss with your fingers. (careful, it’s hot)

Continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes, tossing regularly, until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Dig in and Enjoy!

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6 Responses

  1. Adam Brown says:

    I am so going to give this out as a gift to people I dont want to spend any money on. I hope they dont read this blog. I’ll just have my woman pick up some decorative jars and bam! add a card that makes a joke about fiber and off to best buy to buy something for me.

  2. lafig says:

    what a giving spirit you have…. they are pretty awesome gifts though!

  3. YUM! i’m totally making granola for some last-minute gifts next week. also, so glad you commented on my site so i could find your’s! what a gorgeous blog!

  4. Jo says:

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  5. […] not like I have amazing granola recipe or anything, though my first crack at it wasn’t bad, I just know it’s gotta be easy to make. Besides there always ends up being […]

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