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A Delicious Homemade Gift for the Holidays: Gingersnap Granola

homemade gingersnap granola

This gingersnap granola is the perfect homemade gift for friends and family this holiday season. Get the recipe for this easy and delicious gingersnap granola below.

homemade gingersnap granola

Move over pumpkin, it’s gingerbread (snap) season!

Every year, I always find myself fiercely searching Pinterest looking for something that I can DIY to give to coworkers, friends and family to show my appreciation for them during the holiday season. Last year, it was homemade peppermint hot chocolate mix, but this year, I think I have something even better up my sleeve.

If you’ve been around the blog lately, you may remember when I posted the recipe for a pumpkin yogurt parfait with gingersnap granola to kick off the fall season. It’s been such a hit among family and friends that I thought the granola would make a great homemade gift to give to loved ones this holiday season!

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I know that gingerbread is the flavor of the month, but gingersnap just gives the granola a little extra kick. If you (or your loved ones – because ahem, it is for them) aren’t a fan of ginger, just omit the crystallized ginger at the end. No biggie – it will still be just as delicious!

Gingersnap Granola makes a great DIY gift

There’s nothing quite like a homemade gift for the holidays that warms my heart, but this usually means a slew of cookies, breads and chocolates. While these treats may please your sweet tooth, they certainly won’t please your waistline. Help your family and friends stay on the healthy track this season by gifting them a jar of this delicious (and nutritious) homemade gingersnap granola.

Now that we’ve decided on what to make, let’s talk about the presentation. One of my favorite ways to store and gift foods are by using mason jars. They are timeless and can be reused over and over again – a gift in and of itself!

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Let’s assemble our DIY gifts! Pour the granola into a mason jar or tight fitting container of your choice, grab your favorite ribbon or twine, and tie on a festive gift tag for a holiday treat that everyone will enjoy!

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homemade gingersnap granola

Homemade Gingersnap Granola


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. raw pecans
  • 1/2 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. molasses
  • 1/3 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 c. crystallized ginger, diced (you can omit this if you are not a huge ginger fan!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients (the first eight) in a bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the next five ingredients (molasses, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon zest) and heat on medium-low until the coconut oil is melted.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined and the oats and nuts are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet in a thin layer and bake for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through to prevent burning.
  6. The mixture will turn a deep golden hue from the molasses and your kitchen will start to smell like a gingerbread house – that’s when you know it’s done!
  7. Let the granola cool for at least 10 minutes to allow the mixture to harden and crisp up.
  8. Once cooled, mix in the crystallized ginger pieces, if using. Enjoy!

This week, I’m linking up with The Fit Foodie Mama and Running on Happy for Meatless Monday and Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for Meatless Monday.

What is your go-to DIY or homemade gift to give to loved ones during the holidays? Share with me in the comment section below!

-Carly Paige

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