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You could whip together a homemade greeting card and call it a day. But it’s the holidays, and a tasty treat can’t be beat. We love this amazing granola recipe because it’s simple to make, smells like the holidays and you can make so much at once. So, not only will you have a beautifully spiced snack around the house, but you can also make tons of gifts, too. Just liberally pour the creation inside nice, clean jars, add personalized labels and tie a ribbon around the lid if you like.

Mouth watering? Good. Here’s how to make Christmas-spiced granola:

What you need

  • 1/2 cup butter (or use vegetable oil to avoid heating)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups large flake oats
  • 2 cups roasted, unsalted chopped nuts (cashews or a mix)
  • 1.5 cups of roasted, unsalted seeds (mix of sunflower seeds and pepitas)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flax or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ or coconut flour for texture (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries suggested)

How it’s made

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F
  2. Put a small saucepan on the stove at medium-low heat and toss in 1/2 cup butter.
  3. When fully melted, remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Let cool and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients together
  6. Pour wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix well
  7. Spread on a large, lined baking tray and bake for 75 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and add dried fruit

‘Tis the season to be jolly (and a bit stressed from shopping, list-making, cooking and more shopping). But don’t get yourself too worked up, because we’re here to help you cross those names off your list one day at a time, one gift at a time. From now through December 18, we’re wrapping up daily gift ideas, Monday through Friday,  so you can get back to more important festive pursuits, you know, like drinking eggnog. We’re going to make this so easy, you’ll want to shop this way every year.