Holiday Granola

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With Christmas just a few days away, I hope you have most of your shopping done. I am feeling pretty organized because a few years ago we started buying gifts just for the kids in the family – which has made things so much easier. And this year I finally discovered Amazon.com Japan – so the presents I bought for my nieces have already arrived and I didn’t even have to stand in line at the post office. (Beth – why didn’t you tell me about this before!?) With the shopping pressure off, I have plenty of time to make a homemade gift for everyone else – and this year it is my favorite holiday granola.

holiday granola gift bags

I love this recipe! For one thing, it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble. It’s full of cashews, almonds, coconut & dried fruit… plus orange zest, spices, brown sugar & maple syrup. YUM. This is not your average breakfast cereal! The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month, but I can almost guarantee that it won’t be around that long. 🙂

Adapted from Sunset Magazine

Holiday Granola
 
This granola makes a delicious, nutritious, homemade holiday gift that keeps on giving! This recipe will make about 10 cups (perfect for 5 small gift bags of granola).
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Holiday
Ingredients
  • 5 cups regular (not quick or instant) rolled oats
  • 1 cup each - whole, unsalted cashews and almonds
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • Zest from 1 small orange
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup toasted flaked coconut
  • ½ cup each - golden raisins and dried apricots, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven t0 350 degrees (325 degrees for convection oven). In a large bowl, mix together the oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Combine the melted butter with the brown sugar and stir into the oatmeal mixture.
  2. Butter a 10" x 15" baking pan (or cookie sheet with a raised edge) with butter. Distribute the granola evenly in the pan and gently press it in. Bake until the granola is golden brown and sticks together - about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. When granola is cool, break it into chunks and stir in the coconut, raisins, and diced dried apricots.

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