This Christmas Granola recipe is a fantastic winter granola recipe for easy holiday gifting. It's affordable, easy to make and you can package it up in a mason jar with festive wrapping to make it look extra special!
Creating the Granola Base
- The granola base is easy to remember, it's just 2 eggs whites, 2 tablespoons honey, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
- Then once you get it down you can experiment with different flavors for each season.
- For a winter granola blend, I like to use spices such as cinnamon, ground cloves, and orange zest. The flavors create an instant holiday flavor profile that gets you right into the Christmas spirit!
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Making a Batch for Gifting
- This recipe makes enough for 8 cups which can create enough gifts for 4-5 people depending upon how big your mason jars are.
- It's best to wait until the granola is completely cooled before trying to package it up. It will also continue to crisp as it cools down.
- Otherwise, if it's still warm it will steam up and create condensation on your jars and create soft granola instead of crispy granola.
Packaging it Up:
- Once the granola is cooled you can scoop it into some mason jars (you can get a 12-pack of these jars on Amazon for about $2.00 a jar!)
- The mason jars are great because they are sturdy and the granola won't spill out.
- You can also see through the jars to show off the pretty granola and so your recipient knows what's inside.
Hiding the Mason Jar Lid
- You can hide the mason jar lid with some decorative fabric squares which will add a wonderful homey touch to the gift.
- For a festive, outdoorsy, Christmasy vibe choose a red flannel fabric and cut the squares out with some pinking shears for a nice decorative edge.
- I bought the fabric pictured at JoAnn's Fabrics in their store but you can also find similar ones online they have a lot of great patterns to choose from.
Securing the Fabric
To secure the fabric to the jar you can use a rubber band and you'll be able to hide that with some decorative twine later
Adding Festive Decorations
- To continue the festive, outdoorsy look of the packaging you can affix some faux evergreen branches with pinecones. I think the pinecones create a more convincing look to the evergreen.
- Other great options would be evergreen with berries or snowcovered evergreen would be fun too!
Hiding the Rubberband
- Then to hide the rubber band and continue the rustic theme add some rope twine and tie it into a decorative knot.
- Then for a cute finishing touch, top with a little red cardinal
- This is a great gift idea for those who love the outdoors!
It's a wonderful easy food gift idea that will also charm whoever you give it to! Can't be with friends or family this year? Then try my "Hole in My Heart" Christmas Cookies, another fun food gift idea perfect for giving to those we are missing most this time of year.
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- 4 cups (950ml) of old fashioned oats
- 3 egg whites
- ½ cup (120 ml) of honey
- 3 tablespoon (37g) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon (10 ml) cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Orange Zest of 1 tablespoon of the fresh juice
- 2 cups (300g) of Raw Pecans, chopped
- 1 ½ cups (350ml) dried cranberries
- ¼ cup (60 ml) of pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F/(176C)
- Whisk together egg whites, honey and brown sugar. Add oats and nuts. Turn out onto 2 rim-lined cookie sheets single layer and bake for 12-15 mins or until golden, tossing occasionally.
- Remove from the oven and toss in the dried cherries while the granola is still warm.
- Place back in the oven, flipping trays and bake for another 12 mins until granola is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- The granola will dry out and crisp up while it cools. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use or gift.
As long as you keep the granola base the same you can swap out the mix-ins for anything you like! A few of my other favorite combinations are:
- Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds
- Dried Blueberries, Almonds, Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Dried Apricots, Cashews, and a dash of almond extract in the base
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g