To say I have been crazed is an understatement so I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately! Fortunately I have been crazed in a good way with many wonderful work opportunities– but add to that the general nuttiness of the holidays and , well, things got away from me. For example, after I congratulated myself for finishing my holiday shopping I quickly realized there were a few important people in our lives (teachers, friends, etc) that we needed gifts for! I had a moment of panic then decided to have a DIY gift brainstorm with my nanny-extraordinaire and mason jar granola was born.
The bonus of this DIY gift, you can really make it your own and heck, even use up the nuts and seeds that have been hanging in your freezer (the new year is a good time to clean the fridge and freeze and restock on perishables). Let’s be real–if they have been hanging in your fridge or freezer for too long it is probably NOT a good idea to gift them to someone else! That being said, gather your favorite ingredients and start layering your jars! Hudson and I did this together which was tons of fun (and a huge mess)! I laughed as he shoved handfuls of uncooked oats into his mouth like they were the best thing since sliced bread! Side note–I am convinced…if you make food fun–well–you kids might eat anything!
- oats (we used a blend of oats, flax, buckwheat, millet and more)
- Nuts (go nuts–pick your favorites–we used pistachios because we had a ton at our house)
- Seeds (pumpkin, chia, sunflower–you can even use them all)
- Coconut (why, because we had a bag of unsweetened coconut shreds that needed a home)
- Dried Fruit (choose something unsweetened like raisins or dried cherries)
- Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom or even smoked paprika!)
Attach a recipe on a little tag (here is ours)
In a large bowl combine this jar of ingredients with 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Preheat your oven to 325 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the oat mixture in a single layer on the baking dish and bake for 1o minutes. Stir and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden. Cool and enjoy!
What are your favorite granola ingredients?
Katie Cavuto MS RD