Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homemade Gift Idea: Nutritious Granola Mix!

I'm always on the hunt for a good DIY gift idea, whether for Christmas or birthdays.  I'm definitely the crafty-sort!  I like giving people gifts that are personal and custom to their tastes.

This recipe is no exception, the rich, nutty flavours speckled with jewel-toned dried fruits make a tasty breakfast with yogurt or an easy snack on the go.  And it makes a ton of it!  Let me know if you try it and like it! :)

Adapted from here
4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cups oat bran
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup ground flax seed 
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract 
1 cup of dried fruit (I chose dried currants, cranberries and golden raisins)
 Combine first set of ingredients in a large bowl.  Combine second set of ingredients in a saucepan set to medium heat.  When it starts to boil, pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Lay out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 50 minutes (stirring every 20 minutes or so to prevent it from burning).   When the granola is finished baking, remove from oven and stir in dried fruit.  Once cool, store in a cool dry place.  Makes 30 servings.

Calories: 197 calories
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 6g
Fat: 9g
Carbs: 25g
Calcium: 33g
Folate: 26g


  1. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

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