Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gifts from the Kitchen: Granola Three Ways


I normally give trays and baskets of cookies and candies as gifts this time of year, but this year I deliberately went looking for a healthier option.

When I came across this easy recipe for granola the ideas started spinning.  Here are three adaptations.

Vanilla Almond Granola:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter {I use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. coconut oil}
1/2 c. honey
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
7 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. chopped or slivered almonds

  1. Combine brown sugar, butter and honey and bring to a boil in a saucepan. 
  2. Allow to boil about 30 seconds and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Pour over oats and almonds and mix well.
  5. Place mixture in lightly greased 9x13 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Either return to oven, turn off heat, and leave overnight -OR- reduce the heat to 200 degrees for about an hour stirring after the first 30 minutes, and then turn off the oven leaving the granola inside until the oven is completely cooled.

Cinnamon Raisin Granola:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter {I use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. coconut oil}
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
7 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. raisins

Follow the directions above omitting almonds mentioned in step 4.  Stir in raisins after granola has cooled.

Maple Granola:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter {I use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. coconut oil}
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. real maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
7 c. old-fashioned oats

Follow directions above adding the maple syrup to the saucepan ingredients.

Store your granola in a Ziploc bag or airtight container, or bag for gifts and secure with twist tie and some ribbon.

I've been making this granola for our house for about a month.  We eat it on yogurt, as cereal with milk, and by the handful as a snack.  As an added bonus many of the ingredients are on sale this time of year.

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4 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! We were thinking about doing cookie mixes in jars, but I like this idea, too.

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  2. We use her granola recipe too! :) I hadn't really thought about giving it as a gift though.

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  3. That's a great idea to give granola instead of sweets. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Looks delish!

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday

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