Christmas is little more than 2 weeks away and the little gifts can be easily forgotten, but who doesn’t love a homemade granola!? My daughter takes ballet and I love to give her ballet instructors a small token of gratitude at Christmas. The best way to show someone you care for or appreciate them is to make a gift. It shows you took the time and made it from the heart.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I love fudge,truffles and cookies, but sometimes we need a little break from all the sweets. My favorite snack or treat is Granola and I add different spices and ingriedients to go with any Holiday. Since I was making this for Ballet instructors I decided to stick with a Nutcracker theme.
I started by preheating my oven to 250 degrees and in a large bowl adding 3 cups of Old Fashioned Oats along with 2 TBSP of Cinnamon, 1 TBSP of Pumpkin Spice, and 1/4 c. + 2 TBSP. of Brown Sugar.
In a small bowl combine 1/4 c. Canola Oil, 1/4 c. + 2 TBSP of Pure Maple Syrup and 1 tsp Salt.
Add the wet to the dry and mix till all combined, at this point I added a 6 oz. container of chopped Pecans.
Pour onto a large sheet pan and cook for 1 hour and 15 mins., be sure to stir every 15 mins for even coloring!
When the granola is COMPLETELY cool add a cup of dried cranberries and a cup a White Chocolate Chips.
Now fair warning, this is HIGHLY addictive so make an extra batch : )
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