Granola is easy to make and fun to personalize. Although I have a favorite recipe I played around to create a Thanksgiving version, minus the turkey, of course! This blend is chock full of cranberries, pecans, pumpkin seeds, good-for-you chia seeds and is flavored with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. YUM! The house smelled so divine while it baked! Enjoy it over yogurt, with milk, as a topping for ice cream or straight up for snacking. One thing is for sure, it is hard to resist! Granola is one of my favorite hostess gifts and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give a gift that can be enjoyed for breakfast in the following days. I will share several packaging ideas so your granola will look as good as it tastes when gifted.
3 c old-fashioned oats
1 c non fat milk powder
3/4 c whole pumpkin seeds(pepitas)
1/3 c chia seeds
1/3 c shredded coconut
1/2 c maple syrup
1/4 c oil (coconut or canola)
1 t vanilla
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1 and 1/2 c pecan halves
1 and 1/2 c dried cranberries
1- Combine the maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2- Combine all the dry ingredients except the cranberries. Add the maple syrup- oil to the dry ingredients and using your hands, distribute evenly until all the oats are moistened.
3- Line 2 rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper and spread the granola evenly on each pan.
4- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at the half way point so the granola on the edges does not burn. At the half time mark, switch the cookie sheets so the granola browns evenly in both trays.
5- Add the cranberries, breaking up any clusters. Let cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature if eating within a week or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.
Granola is one of my most popular gifts from the kitchen. I love coming up with creative ways to package it. Here are several examples to inspire you:
Any of these gift wrap ideas can be modified to suit your occasion. To see more gift ideas from the kitchen and for the recipe for my classic granola recipe, click here.