This is seriously one of my most favorite times of year! I love celebrating the birth of Jesus with my kids. There’s just something so magical about a dark room that is only lit by a tree covered in twinkly lights sitting in the corner.
I also love that neighbors come out and decorate and exchange cookies, cards, and small tokens of kindness.
We have some pretty great neighbors where we live, so after not doing much the past couple of years I thought it would be good to participate this year. (This is the first time in three years I haven’t had a baby in the house! Time to rejoin the world!)
Now, I love a good cookie or two, but lets face it, when several people bring plates full of cookies I can go a little overboard on the eating of them.
All of them.
Something I’ve been making a lot this past year has been homemade granola. My kids love it and I eat it almost every morning. Sometimes on plain yogurt with a little honey and berries. Or my most recent favorite, with milk and berries warmed up for a couple minutes. YUM!
So when trying to decide what to do for the neighbors I thought that some cutely packaged granola might be just the thing! Recipe included of course. So I thought I’d share with you too! I am usually making this every other weekend. It super easy and makes the house smell AMAZING! What are some of your favorite things to do for neighbors for Christmas?
(Adapted from a granola recipe from 100 Days of Real Food)
Makes 3 lbs
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1 cup raw pecan pieces (or any other nut you like) (My nut allergy son doesn’t eat this granola or I wouldn’t include any nuts)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (My kids don’t love these so I don’t usually use these but they are yummy!)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
6 Tablespoons coconut oil (The recipe calls for butter but since we have a dairy allergy I use coconut oil. Either would work fine!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
You’ll also need parchment paper
1. Preaheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a large regtangular baking sheet with parchement paper.
2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, pecans, shredded coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat the coconut oil (or butter) and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, stir in the vanilla and salt.
4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
5. Spread mixture onto the prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break it up into small pieces. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for 2 weeks.
Or put it in a cute little bag, add a note card with the recipe attached and share it with someone!
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!!