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Budget Teacher Gifts – Christmas Granola Recipe

Christmas granola recipeThis Christmas Granola Recipe is perfect either to keep in the cupboard for your family, or wrap it up with a pretty bow as a gift for someone else. 

It is not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for Christmas presents.

Some people thrive on the drama of late night shopping, cut throat car park tactics and giving the visa card a good run for its money.

Not me.

In fact, I break out into a rash just thinking about it!

What I really love to do at Christmas is make as many presents as I can, especially for people like the kid’s teachers, our neighbours, the lady who makes my coffee…it’s a nice way to say thank you and share some love, a gift from the heart.

Everyone in my house LOVES this delicious granola with its Christmassy colours of green from the pistachios and red from the cranberries.  Hints of orange and scents of cinnamon really stir up festive feelings and your home will smell divine while it’s baking!

This recipe makes about one kilogram of granola and looks wonderful spooned into glass jars or little cellophane bags and tied with ribbon or string.

A delightful homemade gift that will not disappoint…as long as you don’t eat it all yourself!

3 cups of oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pepitas
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup of pistachios
1 cup of shredded or flaked coconut
1 cup of cranberries
Grated zest of an orange
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
100g butter

What to do

Preheat your oven to 150C and line two baking trays with baking paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, cranberries, zest and cinnamon and mix well to combine.

In a small pot, melt the butter and honey.

Stir the butter and honey mixture in to the bowl of dry granola ingredients and mix really well, coating all of the oats, nuts, coconut and fruit in the delicious runny butter and honey.

Spread over two baking trays and cook for about 30 minutes, removing the trays to give a good stir every ten minutes or so.

Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t get too dark, you want a lovely golden finish.

Let cool completely on the trays before storing in an airtight container or packaging into your Christmas jars or bags.

 Who do you know that would love this Christmas granola recipe?

Kristin Cosgrove is a whole food baker, blogger, educator and mum of three.  She is a real food devotee and owns a small business, Mamacino Homemade, making whole food treats and snacks for those without the time (or inclination) to do so themselves.  To see all of Kristin’s articles and recipes, click here.

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