Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Festive Christmas Granola, packed with healthy ingredients such as old fashioned oats, shredded coconut, pecans, honey, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries all spiced nice with ground cinnamon.
4 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds (optional)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 6-ounce package dried cranberries (about 1-1/3 cups)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except cranberries in large bowl; mix well. Spread evenly in 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove granola from oven; stir in cranberries. Cool completely in pan. Store tightly covered up to 2 weeks.
For Gift Giving
Spoon granola into airtight glass or plastic jars, canisters, cellophone gift bags (tie closed with ribbon) or empty oatmeal tubes. Ahead of time, paint designs on jars with paint markers or sponges and paint, cover oatmeal tubes with gift wrap, or decorate gift bags with holiday stickers.
Recipe makes 6-1/2 cups
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 250; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 4.5g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 40mg; Carbohydrates: 39g; Fiber: 4g: Protein: 4g
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Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. This tradition began in 1836.