Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Granola Recipe in DIY Homemade Gift Batch Size

I made a few double batches of granola this year to give as holiday gifts and have had a few requests for the recipe, which has been adapted from Clean Food by Terry Walters. This recipe yielded enough to make roughly 12 pint sized ball jars full, so you can half it if you only want 12 cups of granola instead of 24. But, I'm leaving it as-is because it's a great DIY project for homemade gifts. It's super easy and healthy, too, so you can feel good gifting it!

8 c rolled oats
4 1/3 c puffed brown rice cereal (or any puffed grain cereal)
3 c unsweetened coconut flakes
4 c chopped/sliced nuts seeds (your choice! I used a mix of walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunflower, and chia)
1/2 c dried fruit (your choice again! I used mostly blueberries)
4 tb cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/3 tsp nutmeg
1 c melted/liquid coconut oil
1 c maple syrup (take it out of the fridge when you start your prep to bring it down to room temp)
3 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250*F. In your largest mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. In a smaller mixing bowl, mix all your wet ingredients well. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix thoroughly to combine. Pour mixture into baking sheets or glass pans (you'll need 4 9x12 pyrex, but feel free to mix/match what you have). Spread evenly and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and delightfully crunchy. Turn off the oven, but leave the granola in the oven until the oven has cooled and the granola is set (you don't want to jar it while it's hot!). Remove from oven and break into pieces with a wooden spoon while divvying it up for yourself and lucky recipients!