Are you still trying to figure out a last minute Christmas gift? Would you like to make something special? A homemade gift is truly a nice gesture for a loved one.
I love making homemade gifts for the holidays. We had a busy schedule this season. I didn’t want to totally stress myself out like I do every year. It steals the joy of celebrating the holidays and takes my focus off of the true meaning of Christmas. Every year, I usually make a myriad of cookies. However, this kind of labor of love this year would just be too much. So, I created a healthful granola recipe, filled with fragrant spices and a nutty flavor. I think what really gave this recipe depth, was the pure cinnamon essential oil. It really took the flavor to a new level.
Using large mason jars and red ribbon, really made this an adorable gift from the heart! This recipe yielded about 3 large 320z. mason jars. It was hard to not eat any, as I was making so many batches. So, I may have been able to yield more servings 🙂
4 cups organic rolled oats (not instant!)
2 organic egg whites, beaten
1 1/2 cups organic raisins
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup coconut flakes (not shredded)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (not salted)
1/2 cup raw honey
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sea salt
7 drops pure cinnamon essential oil
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large bar pans with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt.
In a small sauce pan on medium heat, melt the honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Remove pan from the heat and add the cinnamon essential oil. (**Use a stainless steel or wooden spoon. Don’t use any plastic because of the essential oil.)
Pour the honey mixture into the oat mixture and then add in egg whites. Mix well and then divide the mixture between the two pans.
Place in oven and stir granola every 10 minutes. I usually bake for about 30 minutes. Ovens vary in temperature so check your granola after the first 20 minutes. You don’t want to overcook it. It should have a nice medium, golden brown color. Add the raisins and then let it cool and store in an airtight container. Mason jars are perfect for this recipe! Will keep for at least a week. Refrigerate or keep at room temperature.