The Gift of Granola

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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!

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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.

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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 πŸ˜‰ Fill jars or small boxes to give to friends.

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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.

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Do you make homemade gifts for friends?

17 thoughts on “The Gift of Granola

  1. Congratulations on completing Vegan Mofo! What a month! I’ve really enjoyed your recipes and posts.

    I’m a huge fan of homemade granola, though I’ve never given any as a gift. I’ve only used quinoa in a granola recipe once, and I really enjoyed the added crunch. This looks like a really good recipe!

    1. Thanks Jenny – congrats to you too girl! I still have to read many more of your posts. I’m hoping to catch up over the next week or so =)
      I’ve actually never given it as a gift either, I wanted to be a little different this year after giving similar things out the past few years. The quinoa is fun in this =)

  2. You’re a mofo queen! I bow down to your recipe awesomeness!

    I’m getting into the thyroid in biochem now and I was thinking of you. It’s such a complicated pathway/system. It must be tough dealing with that at times.

    I love giving the gift of food and showing people how tasty veganism can be. :) Your granola would be the perfect gift for the holidays! It looks extremely good! I’d be more than excited to open a package of that!

    1. Haha riiiiiight. Thanks anyway πŸ˜‰
      Ugh thyroid stuff sucks. I tried starting to learn about it when I was 15 when I first started having issues and I still feel like I have a TON to learn.
      Aw thanks doll! I wish I could send you some!!

  3. Yay for MoFo! I pre-planned and pre-wrote so many posts (especially since I was off in Melbourne early in the month), and I had a great time, but I am happy to return to a more sedate blogging schedule. πŸ˜‰

  4. I can imagine you are very generous with finding time to make gifts as you are so generous with your blogging – I think granola is a great gift – I love it – and you have reminded me of some seed crackers I was told about recently that would make great gifts. Sylvia is really set on making gingerbread but I think some savoury gifts are lovely too. And I love the christmas pic at the top – so cute

    1. I actually really love making gifts for people and I do tend to spend a fair amount of time on them. It’s also fun =)
      Oh seed crackers would be good too! More unique then granola. I bet it would be fun to make things with Sylvia too! Thanks Johanna =)

    1. It just sometimes have little bumps along the road, it’s not so bad – I think I was feeling complainy the day I wrote this haha πŸ˜‰
      Thanks Julie! Oooh do you have a granola recipe too? I’ll have to check that out!

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