Well, the holidays are nearly here again. We try to take it easy in our house this time of year. The consumer hullabaloo can really bog people down. So, we tend to opt for a more homemade approach to the holidays-- better for our son, our spirits, our pocketbook, and seemingly, our planet. So this year we'll be baking up lots of "I can't believe how amazing this makes the house smell," gingerbread granola, cooling this gorgeously delectable stuff down, and scooping it into Mason jars. We'll let the toddler delight in tying them up with ribbon, and giving them away to friends, family, the mail carrier-- you name it. Because who doesn't need another dose of homemade happiness this season? The ingredients in this unexpectedly easy granola are wonderful. They're vegan, and can be as organic as you want them to be (or even gluten free, if you opt for GF oats!). Fill your kitchen with the incredible and lovely scent of cinnamon, clove, and ginger, and get in the mood for giving. And not the corporate sponsored kind. The "straight from our heart to your belly," kind.
Peace, Love, Joy, + granola. Happy Holidays, everyone!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or regular molasses
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 cups organic rolled oats (or gluten free oats)
- 1 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins (preferably flame raisins if available)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- In a large bowl, whisk together your maple syrup or molasses, coconut oil, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Now, stir in your oats, shredded coconut and nuts.
- Then, spread your granola out on two large baking sheets. (Using one large baking sheet is fine, but it will mean you need to check on yoru granola more often and stir it regularly to avoid uneven baking.)
- Bake your amazing-smelling gingerbread granola for 25-30 minutes (or until your oats are a golden brown), stirring just occasionally. Remember to rotate your baking sheets if you're using two different sheets, to ensure an even bake.
- After removing your granola from the oven, stir in your raisins + (optional) cranberries.
- Let the finished goodness completely cool before filling beautiful jars and gifting to the people you love.
*Recipe provides for about 8-10 cups of granola.
*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.