Things have been a little doom and gloom around here. Dontcha think?
Let’s cheer things up a little bit today and talk about presents. Yes presents. Who doesn’t like presents? I sure do. I’m not the only one who is in the present giving mood today. #SundaySupper is preparing gifts from the kitchen – 50 creative ideas to give to the food loving person in your life!
A few years ago I went the gifts from the kitchen route for my family, and while the thought was nice, the – uh execution didn’t exactly take off. Let’s just say one thing, I know a lot more about packaging and mailing food now than I did 4-5 years ago!
My present to you today is homemade granola. Granola is great because you can customize the flavors to the person you are giving it to! I personally love a little sweet, lots of nuts and tiny clusters of oats in mine! Poured on top of a bowl of Fage yogurt (always Fage in my house!) and this is the perfect breakfast. There is also enough sweetness in the granola that you might be able to skip that little drizzle of honey. Of course it is approaching the holidays, add the honey if you want to. 😉
I used quick-cooking oats for my granola because that was what I had on hand, most granolas are made with rolled oats. Quick-cooking oats produce a granola that is smaller in texture, I personally like it, but go with your preference. Also, if you are using toasted nuts, I suggest reducing the cooking time by about 10 minutes.
- 3 1/2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
- 3/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. and have a half-sheet sized baking sheet nearby.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry making sure everything is fully coated.
- Pour the granola onto the baking sheet and with the back of a wooden spoon, spread in an even layer.
- Bake for 40 minutes, stirring about halfway through, or until the granola is a nice golden brown color.
- Remove from the oven and stir once more. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.
I hope you’ll enjoy going through the rest of the presents from this weeks #SundaySupper contributors!
Breads / Breakfast
- Pumpkin Biscoff Bread – Dinners, Dishes, and Dessert
- All-in-One Beer Bread Kit – girlichef
- Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel – The Lovely Pantry
- Pancake Mix With Apple Cider Syrup and Candied Walnuts – Tora’s Real Food
- Cranberry Hootycreeks – Baker Street
Condiments / Ingredients
- Apple Butter – Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Cranberry Strawberry Jam – The Meltaways
- Herb Vinegars – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Harissa – The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Homemade Vanilla Extract – Flour on my Face
- Homemade Cherry Extract – Cravings of a Lunatic
- Nutella Powder – I Run For Wine
- Apricot Pineapple Rum Sauce – Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Spiced Cranberry Apricot Almond Chutney – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Pumpkin Butter – Family Foodie
Soup and Snacks
- A Soup For You – Momma’s Meals
- Maple Nut Granola – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Sweet and Spicy Curried Nuts – Soni’s Food for Thought
- Roasted Spiced Nuts – Mrs Mama Hen
- Sweet and Spicy Pecans – Supper For a Steal
- Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars – Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Orange Spiced Chickpeas – Home Cooking Memories
- Turtle Pretzels – The Messy Baker
- Rocky Road Candy – Magnolia Days
- Dairyfree Vegan Caramels – Galactosemia in PDX
- Peanut Butter Cookies in a Jar – Mama’s Blissful Bites
- M&M Cookies in a Jar – Damn Delicious
- Monster Cookie Mix in a Jar – What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Biscotti – Meal Planning Magic
- Snickerdoodle Snack Mix – Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
- Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies – Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Peppermint Stick Cookie Truffles – The Weekend Gourmet
- Nutella Truffles – Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Peanut Cajetas (Peanut Fudge) – Basic and Delicious
- Cookie Cutter Fudge – Chocolate Moosey
- Pumpkin Roll – Shockingly Delicious
- Homemade Chocolates – My Trials in the Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick – Juanita’s Cocina
- Chocolate Toffee “Crack” – Ruffles and Truffles
- Holiday Tree Cake – Noshing with the Nolands
- Salted Caramel Cookies – Mama Mommy Mom
- Fruit and Nut Cookies – In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Applepie Moonshine – My Catholic Kitchen
- Holiday Spiced Mocha – Daily Dish Recipes
- Homemade Peppermint Mocha Mix – In the Kitchen with KP
- Homemade Kahlua – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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Granola is such a great snack and topping for yogurt and even ice cream. It would be a nice gift for the holidays.
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So pretty and looks so yummy too!! Perfect gift idea!
It’s my goal to be on your Christmas list.
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I’m pretty sure that granola is one of the most perfect homemade gifts to pass out. Sounds so good!
Stunning colors! What a gorgeous and delicious recipe! Granola goes great with everything. I love to make my own that way Icontrol the amount of sugar and stuff that goes in it.
I just made granola bars for the first time but have never made granola. This is going to be a must try!! Delicious!!
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I love homemade gifts for Christmas, especially food related ones. Granola is definitely something I am going to be sharing this holiday season.
Fantastic!!! Who does not love granola – such a great gift idea. Thank you!
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Gorgeous pictures! You did a beautiful job capturing the granola! I totally think we need to do a #SundaySupper gift exchange this holiday with all these awesome ideas!
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Granola jars are the perfect gifts ever! Healthy and so easy to make!
If I´m going to have granola it better be homemade. This recipe has so many wonderful flavors together! I might try it for a welcome change from my usual one. Gorgeous gift!
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Oh this granola looks great!!!
I love homemade granola! It has been too long since I have made a batch for myself…and for other people if I feel like being nice :). This might just have to be it! Thanks for sharing.
Susan, your granola sounds delish! I love the way you packaged it; what a lovely gift idea. BTW, I love that table cloth. Pinned!
You’re like me – a “chuck it all in” granola girl! Your combo looks fabulous
I am always making granola but never thought to give it as a gift! This looks delicious.
Granola is a great idea. A good snack anytime!
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I am definitely on a granola kick this fall, maybe it’s time to upgrade from pumpkin spice. 2questions, have you cooked granola in a crockpot? I just found out you can do this! also have you tried using organic or blackstrap molasses?
I love your blog. You can claim most of the credit for why I can cook today and feed my family at all, due to your enthusiasm for cooking shows and a fairly well stocked pantry (for two penny pinching roomies) all those years ago in our college tiny apartment. Most importantly, the reason why my sweet husband can say, “I hate Hormel.”
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I can’t wait to try this fabulous recipe… you have inspired me! What an awesome gift.
You had me at maple, and sealed the deal at nut. Love this so much. What a wonderful gift to give. Granola makes my heart happy.
Granola is pleasing to so many. This would make an awesome gift.
I am going to be making some homemade granola, for personal consumption, later on today. I might alter my recipe slightly because I like some of the things you do with your recipe here better.
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I definitely will try this recipe as I am nuts lover:-) It looks cool in the container and is something special as a gift. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea with us!
Half my granola is gone by the time I am done making them. I keep munching on them as they are cooling. Who doesn’t love crunchy and sweet granola. I add a little chocolate to my granola. shhhhh
Mmmm…homemade granola is one of my favorite things. I love the maple nut combo – delicious!
I love granola and I love homemade gifts…and I love stuff in jars! 🙂
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