This year I have decided to keep many of my Christmas gifts simple, unique, and homemade. I put together a fun mix that I gathered from the bulk section of Whole Foods along with some prepackaged goodies.
Homemade granola is super simple to make– about 60 minutes including bake time. The result is an oat mix that you control the ingredients, sweetness and texture.
You can include any variations you like with the grain mixture: oats, barley, wheat germ.
The nuts: almonds, walnuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pistachio.
The seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax.
The fruit: dried figs, cranberries, blueberries, dates, raisins, cherries.
Even the sugar can be switched up: dark brown sugar, molasses, agave, honey.
Add ins like chocolate chips, chocolate candies, or coconut also give it a special flavor.
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (or shredded)
4 cups oats
1 cup slivered, sliced or chopped almonds
1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup sunflower kernels (hulled sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1. Spread coconut onto baking sheet. Place in preheated 350* oven until lightly toasted (2-5 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven to 300*.
2. In a large mixing bowl stir together oats, almonds, pepitas, sunflower kernels, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a small bowl whisk together molasses, honey, oil, and water. Pour onto oat mixture. Spread evenly between two parchment-lined baking sheets.
3. Bake stirring every 10 minutes until dry and lightly browned, about 35-45 minutes. Add coconut and dried cranberries to cooled mixture. Store in air-tight containers up to one month.