Homemade Christmas Gift: Organic Granola

Homemade Vegan Granola

How is everyone handling the Christmas hustle and bustle?  Did you wish for a white Christmas, because you will have it! It’s been snowing relentlessly in Montreal. Everything is covered in a white blanket. The last couple of weeks have been a little nuts for me, trying to wrap up work so I can take time off. It feels so great to have all this time to spend with family and friends now. I have spent the last few days wrapping up last minute gifts and details for our Christmas dinner.  Today I spent the afternoon making homemade granola as gifts for our family.  Tomorrow, I will also be making homemade vegan chocolate snowballs (keep an eye out for that post) and cookies with Sonny to leave for Santa.  I love the idea of giving homemade gifts, as I find they are so well received.  I wish I wasn’t so late in starting, I would have loved to make more!  I’ve been seeing so many amazing DIY Christmas gifts on here!

So, if you are still looking for simple last minute homemade gift ideas, I highly recommend this granola.  Not only is it super delicious, it is healthy, vegan, and looks oh so cute in a bell jar.  Oh, and it clumps into nice and crispy big clusters, which is a must for me when it comes to granola!

Homemade Organic Granola

Adapted from Oh She Glows

Makes approx. 6 cups

If possible, buy organic ingredients.

Ingredients:

Dry:

  • 2 1/2 cups extra thick rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Wet:

  • 4 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons raw peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

Extras:

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • handful of pepita seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the wet ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a very large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the wet mixture while warm over the dry mixture and stir well.  Stir everything until well combined.  It is thick and a little difficult, but keep stirring to combine all ingredients.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spread granola onto the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.  Stir the granola every 15 minutes to ensure even baking.

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  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes.  As the granola cools, it will stiffen up.  Break it apart into large chunks then place into a large bowl and stir in the raisins, cranberries, and pepita seeds.

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  • Place in a jar, add ribbon and a label, and voila, you have yourself a super cute, delicious tasting, healthy granola Christmas gift!

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  • If you have leftovers, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a month in an airtight container.

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Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!  Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends and try to squeeze in some rest and relaxation.

Sophia xo

Comments

  1. Really nice granola, I love homemade gifts. Your granola is nicely clumped, looks just perfect. Merry Christmas!

    • I want to make this for some last minute gifts and don’t have brown rice syrup, would maple syrup be a good substitute?

      • Hi Suzanne, you can definitely substitute with maple syrup, but you may end up with a slightly different consistency. The brown rice syrup is super thick and gooey and great for ‘glueing’ the chunks. I would definitely give it a try though. The flavour will still be amazing.

      • I’ll go to the store tomorrow and get the brown rice syrup, I want it glued together like yours.

      • 🙂 Great!

    • Thanks so much, Suzanne! It’s so yummy, truly.
      A very merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. Your granola jars look stunning Sophia! Have a wonderful Christmas! Poppy 🙂

  3. What a healthy and beautiful gift, Sophia! 🙂 I really like the gift tags, where did you get them? Merry Xmas to you and your family!! ^^

  4. Fig & Quince says:

    Fab!

  5. What a lovely recipe, thank you ☺️ no chances of snow here, it’s been horribly mild in the UK!!!

  6. Gorgeous granola Sophia

  7. Such beautiful photos. And a beautiful recipe!

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