I used to buy granola at the local Farmer’s Market where my sister and I sold our handmade goods. It was very yummy, but expensive. I had really been wanting to try to make it for myself ever since I first tasted it fresh. The following recipe is one that I created several years ago.
Vanilla Spiced Granola Recipe
4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of dried fruit….I used cherries, cranberries, and raisins
1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup roasted sunflower seed hearts
1/3 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
and a sprinkling of salt (if the nuts aren’t salted)
First I mix all of the dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Then I mix the oil, honey, and vanilla in a jar and pour it over the dry ingredients.
Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and bake it at 300 degrees (stirring it every 10 minutes) until the granola is toasted and brown.
The granola is intoxicatingly scented in vanilla spice goodness….and crunchy and soft in all the right parts.
This granola always goes fast, but as the holidays approach I make extra and spoon it into little mason jars to give as gifts for my boy’s teachers.
And I’m sure to keep a few jars on hand for any unexpected visitors.
To make some simple gift tags to make giving this granola bit sweeter, I like to paint watercolor paper using a wet on wet technique.
Once the paper is dry I cut small rectangles out using pinking shears and use a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon. I then write a little message on them.
You can then tie them to the jars with a pretty ribbon.
Julia Daby is a Registered Nurse who lives happily with her husband and little boy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She enjoys crafts of all kinds, eating good food, reading, and being outdoors. Most important of all….she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a small store on etsy where she and her twin share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She writes about life, family and creativity at Happiness Comes and We Deserve This. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.