Granola Gifting

Granola makes a great holiday gift. It lasts longer than cookies and is a healthier option.  Making granola is also much easier than rolling out dough, chilling, baking, and decorating all those holiday cookie batches (see my last post…tasty but time consuming!) Plus, customizing your own recipe is half the fun of making granola.

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I used quinoa in this version but I don’t think it added much benefit, so I’d leave it out in the future.

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Fussy Cow Granola 

4 cups oats

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup slivered almonds

1 1/2 cups shaved coconut

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

6 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cardamom

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together. Spread out evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.  Leave it on the jelly roll pan to cool and it will help cluster the granola.  Enjoy it plain, over yogurt, or with almond milk! It will keep for weeks too in an airtight container.

Note: Granola ingredients do not need to be precise. Eyeball it! If you want more sweetness add more sugar or cinnamon. I  usually do!

 

 

 

 

 

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