Last day of MoFo! We made it!!! I totally lost my steam for a bit there and I totally expected not having much of a post today. But I found out I had yesterday off from volunteer work and had a renewed sense of energy! It may also be a health related issue. Would you believe that although typically with no thyroid whatsoever suffer from hypothyroidism (sluggish thyroid), sometimes we can suffer from hyperthyroidism (excess energy!). I thought it was pretty cool the first time it happened as I can get a TON of stuff done in a day and sleep less and what bad side effects could there be from this awesomeness?? Turns out heart palpitations, insomnia and nervousness are some of the peskier side effects. Our bodies are silly sometimes. Anyhoo! On to the last day of Mofo. I think this may be one of my favourite prompts.
30th: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us!
I love the holidays! The hot chocolate, cozy clothes, silly movies (Elf!), decorating, warm fuzzies and making gifts for loved ones. I started young – I used to make my parents gifts and they seemed to enjoy them. And I have fond memories of helping my dad in the kitchen making rice crispy squares, fudge and cookies to plate up and give to people. I carried this tradition on when he passed. I try and think of something different each year, this year is granola.
Holiday Granola Gift
1 cup of oats (I used gluten free)
1 cup of quinoa crisps (or other grain crisp)
1/2 cup of roughly chopped pecans
3 tbsp of dried cranberries
2 tbsp of large flake, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp of coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of allspice
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup
Preheat your oven to 325. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oats through salt) and mix. Then add your maple syrup and stir to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the granola on the sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Allow it to cool before snacking on 😉 Fill jars or small boxes to give to friends.
This is totally customizable. Use whatever nuts you want and dried fruit. The granulated sugar can be omitted, it’s not something I typically use, but wanted to be sweeter than normal as it’s a holiday gift. I may even try adding cacao nibs next time.
Do you make homemade gifts for friends?