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Christmas Granola

Homemade Christmas Granola -the perfect gift for Christmas: make cranberry and mixed fruits and nuts granola , or chocolate chip and coconut granola for the holidays.
Homemade Christmas Granola -the perfect gift for Christmas: make cranberry and mixed fruits and nuts granola , or chocolate chip and coconut granola for the holidays.

Christmas is a time for entertaining, and I always love a brunch.  The last few times I’ve made granola, my friends and family have loved it.  I usually make a plain oatmeal granola with just some nuts in it, but for Christmas I thought it would be fun to make some with the flavours of the holidays added in.  This Christmas Granola is so good!

Homemade Christmas Granola -the perfect gift for Christmas

My youngest daughter loves all things chocolate, and I thought that nothing says Christmas like cranberries.  So I made a couple of versions.

Chocolate and Coconut Granola

For the chocolate one, after the granola was cooled I added some chocolate chips and coconut flakes.  It was a hit…big hit.

Cranberry Granola

For the cranberry version, I added dried cranberries, along with some other dried fruit -chopped dried figs, and raisins, and more flaked coconut.

Depending what your family loves, you could add in any dried fruit, or nuts…or chocolate.

homemade chocolate chip and coconut granola

Christmas Granola

Homemade Granola -the perfect gift for Christmas: make cranberry,mixed fruits and nuts granola , or chocolate chip and coconut granola.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. quick oats
  • 3 cups chopped raw nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dried fruit (I used cranberries, chopped figs, raisins and flaked coconut for half, and chocolate chips and coconut for the other half)

Instructions

  1. Put half your quick oats (8 oz.) in a food processor and grind into oat flour.
  2. Combine in a large bowl the oat flour, quick oats, nuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir.
  3. In a small pan combine sugar, butter, and water and heat until it boils, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla.
  4. Pour butter mixture over the oat mixture, and stir to fully combine. Let sit 10 min.
  5. Pour granola mixture onto a large baking sheet, and cook in a 300 degree oven for 25-30 min. Stir mixture and cook for a total of 1 1/2 hours, until crunchy and dry, making sure to stir every 15 min. so the edges don't burn.
  6. When it's finished cooking, let cool, and add in dried fruit, and/or chocolate chips. Store in an air tight container.
Christmas granola recipe

Perfect For Brunch

I served the granola with new Nordic Smooth Cottage Cheese, Vanilla flavoured.  The Christmas Granola is also great with yogurt or cold milk, and fresh fruit.

Homemade Christmas Granola

Along with our Christmas granola, I made up a batch of my husbands famous pancakes – find the recipe here.

Christmas Brunch ideas

I love this kind of easy entertaining, perfect for a no-fuss holiday get-together.

Christmas brunch ideas

Christmas Granola Gift

Another great idea would be to make up a batch or two of this granola for gift giving.  It’s the kind of gift anyone would love.

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With homemade Christmas granola for giving or enjoying yourself, life really is a party!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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