Friday, December 16, 2011

Gift Idea: Christmas Granola

The holiday season is pretty much known for plates of cookies, hot cocoa drinking, candy cane red lips from licking those babies and mounds of chocolate. But instead of adding to that when giving gifts to some of your close neighbors and friends, why not try a bit healthier, but still delicious treat?

Christmas Granola! As my sister said after she tried it, “that looks festive and tastes festive!” That’s what I was going for :)

I loosely based it off this recipe from my neighbors blog. Then added a few things to make it my own!


Christmas Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup plain sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds 
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 T. brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons coconut oil 
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In one bowl, mix together the oats, pistachios (I chopped mine up into smaller pieces), sunflower seeds, chia seeds, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.




Then add in the maple syrup, coconut oil (liquid) and honey to combine it all together.

Spread out onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stir, then another 25 minutes. Once it comes out, add the cranberries and let it sit for a few minutes to get super crunchy.

Enjoy! It would taste great as a snack topped on some greek yogurt, over some oatmeal, or just by the spoonful!


By the way…the “Christmas” part of the granola is the green pistachios and red cranberries. In case you were confused…

~What are some of your “healthy" gift ideas?

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