March 04, 2011

Home-made gifts and breakfast granola


Can you think of any better gift to give than something home-made? I'm definitely a giver, and I love making and buying gifts to others. When my boyfriend and I first started dating, I used any excuse to buy him gifts - they needn't be big, just a little token here and there. I've always loved crafting and knitting as well, but nowadays I most enjoy making home-made food gifts.


This granola is so easy to make and I think it makes a nice little gift stored in a glass jar with a little ribbon around it. And don't worry, this will make a big enough batch so you can have a big bowlful for yourself as well :-)


Breakfast granola

1 cup wholegrain rolled oats
1 cup rolled spelt
1/2 cup rolled rye
1 cup raw almonds
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
3 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 170C and line a large cookie tray with a baking paper. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and spread the mixture evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until crunchy, but be careful not to burn it! Leave to cool, then store in an air-tight container.

25 comments:

  1. Food gifts are awesome. I love both giving and receiving. ;)

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  2. I immediately clicked on this recipe when I saw it in my feed!

    I made some granola a while ago and loved it, but I was aware that it wasn't the most healthy. I've been thinking of making some more and I knew you'd have a healthier version for us! ;-)

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  3. Love the spelt used in the granola. Wish I am the chosen one for the gift :)

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  4. Homemade granola is the best! Yours looks delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. I am such a gifts person too! And this would make an amazing gift, not to mention my husband would love it :)

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  6. I love food gifts... and if it's granola it's delicious! Love both giving and receiving...

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  7. I love food gifts! Both recieving and giving them :) I haven't had granola before...but it looks delicious- I wouldn't mind recieving a jar of this as a gift ;)

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  8. There's nothing quite like home made gifts are there! And breakfast is such a thoughtful idea too :)

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  9. Your photography just is amazing. I love the new header photo. And I love granola but for some reason can't stop at the 1/2 cup serving size hahaa. I love making food gifts too! I have done chocolate and whole grain mustard but I love this idea for granola. Maybe this will be next on my list!

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  10. I'm all for food gifts and granola seems just perfect for such an occasion! Way better than storebought!

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  11. Great gift idea and yummy recipe! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  12. I love your photos, Maria! I can already recognize your entries on Tastespotting only by the photo :)
    And I love granola too, but for some reason never made my own...looks like it's time to try.

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  13. I love giving and receiving homemade gifts, there's always something more special about it even though they usually cost less. Beautiful photo's too!

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  14. Great post, Maria...home made gifts are the best. Your photo's are stunning, as always. Have a great weekend!

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  15. your granola looks gorgeous! thank you for sharing this.

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  16. I make my own granola all of the time. The apple sauce is a really great binding idea. I don't make the kind that is in chunks but I will definitely be keeping this little idea tucked away for the next time I make a trail mix. Love the photos.
    :)
    Valerie

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  17. Congrats Maria! Will you be posting Pirkka-recepies here also? Looking forward to those also :)

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  18. What a lovely granola recipe. Yours is beautifully served by your wonderful photos. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. Nothing like homemade granola. And your photographs as gorgeous as usual.

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  20. That sounds delicious. And beautiful pics as always :)

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  21. this is such a cute and thoguhtful gift.. thakns for the idea :)

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  22. Absolutely love your beautiful photography...!

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  23. Beautifully done, that would make such a lovely gift. Its so nice to get something that's handmade with love :)
    *kisses* HH

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  24. I'd never thought to give granola as a gift... but is there anything better than waking up and chowing down to a big bowl of hearty deliciousness? I don't think so.

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  25. this granola looks amazing! I love granola that clumps together but I can never seem to make granola that clumps! I can't wait to try this out!!!! thanks so much.

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