Monday, December 14, 2009

Granola for Giving

We give homemade food gifts to family, friends and neighbors. One of the items that we often include in the basket is granola.

The recipe I made with 5-year-old Sarah is from this sweet cookbook.

For each recipe there is one side for Moms and the other side giving directions for the child.

Easy Granola

4 cups oatmeal

1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup)

1/2 cup oil (I used 1/4 cup)

1 t. vanilla

Combine above ingredients in a large bowl. Spread in a shallow pan (jelly roll or cookie pan) and bake at 275 degrees for 25 minutes.

After baking add the following (or whatever additions you desire)

1 c. raisins

1/2 c. cut up dried pineapple

1/2 c. cashew pieces

Ladle into canning jars and finish with a homespun tie.


  1. We made granola as our gifts last year. It was so well received! I LOVE that cookbook. How sweet!

  2. It has been my practice to make gifts over buying them and I have made granola often as a sons are getting a big jar of it this makes a wonderful gift!!

  3. Am I on your Christmas present list...LOL! Where did you get the book Tonya?

  4. I also make most of my gifts and the ones from the kitchen seem to be really expected :)

    I bake scones and breads, of all shapes and sizes.



  5. we love granola and I was thinking about giving it as gifts this looks great in the jar with the fabric tie.

  6. Such a sweet looking little book! How lovely to give homemade food gifts, we are also aiming to do this, this year:) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it looks so wonderful in its jar with a ribbon around it...

  7. Yum! I'd love to have some of this!

    I adore the cookbook. What a sweet thing!

    Thanks for sending Reba my way!

    Take care,


  8. thank you for posting! that is what i am planning on making for my boys' teachers in the same container!

    what a sweet cookbook too!

  9. we make and give granola in canning jars, too! yum! yours looks lovely!

  10. looks sooooo yummy. I love receiving and giving home made food for the holidays. Thank you for sharing

  11. Thanks for sharing the recipe - it looks delicious! A great gift to make and give.

  12. Thanks for the recipe! i have tried many granola recipe's, but have yet to settle on one. I am going to give yours a try!!

  13. Yummy! I love homemade granola, and that recipe looks especially good! Beth

  14. i've never tried my hand at granola. thanks for the recipe!

  15. Any suggestion on a substitute for the wheat germ, can't stand the stuff? Most recipes have it in.

  16. I made 2 double batches of granola for gift giving last week! Now if I can just keep the rest of the family out of it!!!

  17. Do you think Grape Nuts cereal would be a good substitute in your recipe and if so do you think I should do any adjusting to the liquids?

  18. Glad to hear from you! I'm always looking for other Friends who homeschool! Can't wait to read more of your blog. Would you mind corresponding with me about Christmas? We struggle with it every year, and I see you 'do' Christmas. Just wondering you'd share your thoughts with me about Christmas and raising young Friends: jennifer DOT marchman AT gmail DOT com

  19. this is such a great idea. sometimes it so hard for me to come up with gifts to year i am going to gift granola but this year i am just going to make your recipe and eat it:) have a great holiday. pennie

  20. That turned out really nice. I like the glass jar with the ribbon for wrapping.

  21. I am printing this out right now. Looks delicious. Thank you!