We all have someone on our list that just isn’t into sweets. When making edible gifts for the holidays it can be hard to get out from under the traditional candy, cookies and chocolate.
My dad isn’t one of those people. He LOVES sweets, but he also loves to eat granola. So my mom makes it by the bucketload. I thought
what a great gift for my non sweet friends and family!
So, I made granola. A lot, of granola.
This is one of this really fun things to make with your kid. They can do almost every step (depending on their age) and the sweet crunch is something they (may) enjoy as a snack, in yogurt or over ice cream. It also is super easy and super cheap to make.
This is what you need:
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 tea salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried papaya, chopped
Preheat oven to 250 F.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, Mix the oats, salt and nuts together. Add the light brown sugar, maple syrup and olive oil. Toss to coat.
Turn the mixture out onto the lined baking sheet and spread thinly but evenly (I found this made two baking sheets worth). Cook for one hour, checking every 20 minutes or so to make sure it is browning evenly. Each time you check it, give it a little stir so the top and bottom of the mixture cook evenly.
When finished the granola should be a little sticky and a beautiful light brown color.
Remove from heat and let sit on the baking sheet for 20 minutes or until moderately cool (and a little less sticky).
Add your dried fruit and stir to incorporate.
Voila! Amazing granola to gift (or eat)!
Strangely it took me over a week to write this post. We have a lot going on here at the moment and I hope posting will be a bit more regular. Apologies for the lapse!