Homemade gifts are one of my favorite ways to share my love over the winter holidays. One favorite I give is a jar of seasonal healthy homemade granola. It’s nutritious, delicious, simple, inexpensive and looks great packaged in a mason jar.
This granola has no added, refined sugars or vegetable oils – the ingredients that tend to land store bought varieties on the not-so-good for you list. Instead, this crunchy breakfast (or snack!) is made healthy with maple syrup and coconut oil. Making your own healthy homemade granola is easy and gives you a ton of control and creativity – you can add or subtract your favorite fruits, nuts and seeds and determine the quality of each ingredient you want to add so that the recipe suits your budget. This recipe combines some of my favorite dried fruits, nuts, seeds and spices for a tasty treat.
In addition to high-protein, fiber-packed oats, this granola also contains quinoa for even more protein and fiber as well as magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. And finally, coconut two ways because my love affair with coconut knows no limits. Enjoy crispy, sweet flakes of coconut plus the subtle taste of coconut oil, which adds the crunch to each bite.
The typical serving for granola is about 1/2 cup. Measurements are flexible to your tastes – enjoy creativity as you create your own! Enjoy it with yogurt, milk, mixed in with oatmeal or even just plain as a snack.
heads up! this recipe is designed to be shared as a holiday gift so the yield is HIGH! (about 20 cups of granola, or 5 quart-sized mason jars)
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 1.5 cup brazil nuts, chopped
- 1.5 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup dried apricot, sliced into small bits
- 2 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried apples, sliced into small bits
- 1.5 cup sunflower seeds
- 1.5 cup pumpkin seeds
- 7 cups oats
- 1.5 c quinoa
- 8 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine nuts, seeds, fruits, oats and quinoa in a bowl
- In a small skillet over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, ginger and cinnamon until combined
- Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well - you can get your hands in there to ensure everything is evenly distributed
- Spread the mixture evenly onto one or two large baking sheets (make sure not to crowd the granola)
- Make for 25-30 minutes, stirring half way to ensure even cooking
- Be sure to watch the granola towards the end to make sure it isn't burned
- Once granola is visibly browned (about 27 minutes), remove from heat and let it cool completely
- Once cooled spoon into mason jars or air-tight container
- This is the perfect gift! It should keep for 3-4 weeks and yields about 40½ cup servings.
pssst… if you’re ready to say goodbye to the boxed granola for good, check out these 10 healthy alternatives.