Homemade granola is the perfect thing to have around when you have guests arriving for the holidays. It is gluten free, healthy, easy to serve and just about everyone loves it!
I made a batch today and added a few unique ingredients to make it more festive for the holidays.
Festive Holiday Granola
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey
- 1/3 cup of oil (canola, peanut, coconut or walnut oils all work well)
- 1/2 teas. of salt
- 1 TB. of cinnamon
- 2 teas. of vanilla
- 1 cup of pistachios
- 1 cup of mixed nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans)
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit (I used 1/2 cup of cranberries & 1/2 cup of sliced apricots & 1/2 cup of golden raisins)
Mix everything together in a large bowl. When it is combined well, press it into a pan and bake it for about 20 – 30 minutes at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown.
Let it cool before removing it from the pan and store it in a bowl with a lid or sealed container to keep it fresh. Have it on hand for hungry guests to have with their morning tea, or coffee.
Serve the granola with almond milk (or regular milk) and top it with fruit. I used pomegranate seeds for a festive touch, as well as some caramelized pecans I had bought at the market.
This is a crunchy, healthy breakfast treat for you and your guests too! (remember a little goes a long way – so use small bowls)
The best part is, you can prepare granola ahead of time so that all you need to do is add the milk and fruit and enjoy everyone’s company.
Enjoy and have a Happy Holiday!