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Homemade Christmas: Christmas Granola Recipe

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Christmas Granola

Christmas Granola, Homemade Holidays, Gifts from the kitchen

Homemade Holidays Christmas Granola

 

I love to give homemade food items as Christmas gifts to close friends and sometimes my neighbors.  Not only do I enjoy making the holiday treats but not everyone cooks and bakes like I do so they appreciate it even more when I share my goodies with them. So far this year I have made this granola recipe, chocolate covered marshmallows, a peppermint hot cocoa mix, Chex party mix and chocolate dipped spoons.

This recipe makes plenty to give as gifts and still have some left over to keep for yourself.


I still have my Christmas cookies to make.
Christmas Granola, homemade holidays, gifts from the kitchen

Christmas Granola

 

 Homemade Christmas Granola

Homemade Christmas: Christmas Granola Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup barley oats
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened coconut, reserve ½ cup
  • 1 cup pecan halves, lightly chopped
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or oil of choice
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • zest of two oranges
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, honey and oil. Set aside.
  3. Mix the dried cranberries and raisins in a small bowl and pour the orange juice over the dried fruit and toss. Let them soak while you're mixing up the rest of the recipe.
  4. Into a very large bowl mix the oats, nuts, 1 cup of coconut and orange zest. Toss until everything is evenly distributed.
  5. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the oats mixture and toss to evenly coat all the oats and nuts. If it seems a little dry add some of the orange juice and mix. Start out with about 2 tablespoons of the orange juice and adjust. You don't want the granola soaking wet.
  6. Divide between two large baking sheets.
  7. Do not add the cranberries and raisins yet.
  8. Bake the granola for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Half way through the baking time pull the sheets out of the oven and toss.
  9. Remove the granola from the oven. Drain the cranberries and raisins. Divide the fruit between the two trays and toss.
  10. Cool slightly and add the ½ reserved coconut and toss again.
  11. Allow granola to cool completely before storing in an airtight container or packaging up in individual holiday packaging.

Homemade Granola Tips

  • Use parchment paper to cover trays to make cleanup easy.
  • Granola may seem a little damp after baking. As it cools the last of the moisture will evaporate.
  • Allow granola to cool completely before storing.
  • Package in mason jars, holiday cellophane bags or plastic Christmas containers

 
 

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Comments

  1. I love making my own Christmas presents for friends and family. In fact I just made double chocolate biscotti last night for the people in my office.
    Such fun!

  2. Wow! I love your granola recipe. Makes a great and fun gift for family and friends this Holiday season. I'm sure this is going to be a hit! Thanks so much :)

  3. Great ideas for gifts!

    What are barley oats like? Similar to regular oats? I've never seen it.

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