My sister-in-law recently sent me a photo of some delicious-looking granola that she made and was telling me how simple and great-tasting it was. I honestly never thought about making my own granola until I saw hers so I was on a mission this weekend to make my own.
I decided my first attempt would be to make a Honey Apple Cinnamon Raisin Granola, I love oatmeal raisin cookies and also want to incorporate some of the honey that my bees produced for us this summer.
Through trial and error, and four batches, I developed a very tasty batch of Honey Apple Cinnamon Raisin Granola that was both allergy-friendly and super delicious.
I purchased a bag of coconut sugar about a month ago with the intent to give it a try in some of my recipes, but, honestly, was a little scared I’d “screw them up” (for lack of better words.) Boy am I glad that I decided to give it a try in this recipe. The granola tastes wonderful!
Coconut sugar can be used as a 1-to-1 replacement for brown sugar, and if you don’t have coconut sugar on-hand brown sugar works just as well!
This granola is gluten-free (remember to check and use your safe oats), egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and peanut & tree-nut free. Of course (if not allergic) you’d like you can mix in some nuts after the granola is completed.
You can also replace the raisins with cranberries if you want to be a bit more festive. I recycled a glass food jar, filled with the granola, cut a small fabric square and added a label and a snowflake (purchased from Target in their dollar spot section,) to put this gift together. This is a wonderful gift for a colleague, neighbor, or a teacher!
I am sharing the Happy Holidays and To/From printable with you today too for your gifts this season. This can be downloaded (pdf) below. You can print or white or kraft paper depending on the look you are going for.
I really do love this gift idea – very tasty, homemade, and also budget-friendly. Wouldn’t you just love to receive this as a gift!?
- 4 cups Oats (old-fashioned)
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup Applesauce
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Cup Raisins
- 1/2 Cup Dried Applies (diced)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. (Applesauce, Honey, Coconut Oil, Vanilla.)
- Add cinnamon and sea salt.
- Stir in oats.
- Spread granola out on pan pressing down with back of spoon. Make sure to spread evenly about 1/8" in height.
- Place in oven on middle rack and bake 40-45 minutes, turning pan halfway through.
- Remove from oven, let cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
- After cooled (about 1 hour) break up and place granola in bowl.
- Mix in raisins and dried diced apples.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks.
- You may add other dried fruit or nuts as desired.