Simple Holiday Granola & DIY Giftspiration

Drum roll please…………………………this Thursday Dec. 22nd is my sister’s 30th birthday!  As such, my family and I decided not to do Christmas gifts and to simply spoil Andi as much as possible. But my Christmas spirit is simply too strong and it kept telling me to at least do some sort of small gift for everyone else. So, of course, I choose the gift of food. I’ve been wanting to make homemade granola for a while now, and I do believe that this Christmas is the perfect occasion!

There are so many different combinations you could make, but I wanted to choose something that would complement the holiday season with wintery flavors like orange zest and fresh vanilla bean (after using vanilla bean in my raw cashew vanilla cheese cake, there’s no going back to pure vanilla extract.) Below, I’ve listed a few other different flavor combinations and fun ingredients you can try as inspiration…enjoy!

Ingredients: (I made a large batch as I’m giving jars of this granola out as gifts this year, you can cut this in half if you don’t need as much)

  • 7 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1.5 cups raw almonds, chopped
  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 cups flaked coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp. finely ground sea salt
  • 2/3 cup honey (or maple syrup, agave)
  • 8 Tbsp. coconut oil (or sunflower oil, ghee, or butter)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • dried cranberries
  • dried apricots (unsulphered)
  • cacao nibs

Optional Additions:

Flavors:

  • cardamom
  • lemon zest
  • cocoa powder

Nuts & Seeds:

  • pecans
  • cashews
  • brazil nuts
  • hazelnuts
  • macadamia nuts
  • pistachios
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • flax seeds
  • chia seeds
  • poppy seeds

Dried Fruit (add after baking):

  • dates
  • figs
  • raisins
  • cherries
  • goji berries
  • mulberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350°F.
  2. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk oil and honey together, adding in the vanilla beans when mixture is liquid.
  3. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, and sea salt.
  4. Pour oil and honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir very well to coat. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven and stir. Place back in oven but remove and stir every 5 minutes or so until the oats are golden brown (approx. 25-30 minutes).
  5. Add in your choice of dried fruits & cacao nibs. I tried to be festive and used cranberries and apricots!

This was a fun little holiday DIY project! I got festive gift tags from Papyrus along with a bird stamp, and gold ink from Michael’s. Inside of the cards I posted the ingredients of the granola along with a little personalized note.  To finnish off the jars, I punched a hole in the gift tags and used ribbon to attached them and make it all a little more FUN.

I’ll be enjoying my holiday vacation in Oregon and taking a break from blogging until after Christmas. I wish you all a wonderful Holiday filled with peace, love and almond butter! xoxo

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About Caley Alyssa

As a D-1 collegiate athlete with a background in nutrition and anatomy, and an internship with a naturopathic center for healing, I found myself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. I quickly came to realize that I wanted to work with preventative therapeutic methods promoting active, energetic lifestyles rather then focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, I moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing a 200 hour training with Yoga Tree. From there I've studied with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, my quest to bring health and happiness to others lead me to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a holistic health coach. Currently, I live in LA and am training with Dharma Mittra to obtain my 500 hour yoga certification. I love to share my lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!
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