It is that time of the year where we love to be in the kitchen, and today, David and I are making homemade granola. Baking granola has been a family tradition for several years now, and we look forward to making it every year. It is a fantastic recipe, and our family and friends look forward to receiving their box every year.
If you don’t know, David is the chef in our home, and I am his trusty assistant, he just tells me what to do, haha. As I say
“ I can make it look good, but David is the one who makes it taste good” We make a great team together!
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
Start with putting the dry ingredients in a bowl.
4 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup of sliced almonds
1/2 cup of brown sugar
One teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
In a saucepan, mix the following on the stovetop.
1/3 Cup of Canola Oil
1/4 Cup of honey
2 Tablespoons of white sugar
Bring this to the point where the sugar melts, and it is at a low boil.
Remove from the stove and add four teaspoons of sugar.
Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Once mixed well, spray two cookie sheets with canola oil and spread the mixture out evenly on the two trays.
Please place them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Turn the granola every ten minutes to avoid any burning. ( This is an essential part, do not skip this step)
Once you remove the homemade granola from the oven, let it cool on the tray for about 10 minutes.
After cooling, place the granola on parchment paper and let it cool completely.
Crumble the large pieces if needed.
And that is how you make homemade granola!
Now the fun part for me.
Packaging is so important to me and one of my favorite things to do. There are many options for wrapping up the granola.
You can go with the natural look and use brown boxes and bags with some pretty red and white twine, fresh greens, and a personalized tag. I purchased this holly gift tag on Etsy and then made these cute white personalized tags out of model magic clay. I use a frame like a cookie cutter and emboss them with a custom stamp.
You can also use tins, boxes, plastic containers, and more. There are many different ways to package this up and make it look pretty. I picked several of these up at the Dollar Tree.
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