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Christmas Morning Granola

christmas morning granola recipeOn Christmas morning, my house is insane.  I have a 6 year old, a 5 year old and a 2 year old.  I am sure that you can imagine the scene.  You can find us knee deep in wrapping paper and wiping the sleep out of our eyes by 6:30am at the latest.  I am not a huge breakfast eater, but I do want to have a nice breakfast to celebrate Christmas morning.  Sometimes I make a coffee cake the night before, or bake off cinnamon rolls the morning of, or have nice granola waiting for us for when we are ready to eat.  I like the granola idea because I do not feel as guilty about starting the day with it as I would a cinnamon roll drenched in frosting.  I am not one to say no to indulgence on a holiday, but Christmas is a very long day and frankly, we need to pace ourselves.

This granola is really easy to make and really adaptable.  Use whatever fruits and nuts you have in your pantry.  I like blueberries and walnuts the best, but I also like to make a pumpkin spice one, and sometimes just plain with sliced almonds.  I wanted to use cherries and pepitas not only because they taste wonderful, but because they are Christmasy in color as well.  I like to have this granola in the house at all times because when I am craving something sweet (which is always) I can have a handful and my craving is gone, and it is better for me than a cookie.

Make a double batch and give them as gifts.  Then someone else that you love can have a healthy Christmas morning breakfast too.

This post is part of the Recipe Advent Calendar put on by the Lexiophiles blog.  I love words, so thank you for including me today!

Christmas Morning Granola Recipe4 cups oats (preferably not quick cooking, but that is what I had, I also prefer Irish Oatmeal)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup dried cherries (I have some dried strawberries in here as well, I was trying to use up some of the other dried fruit in my pantry)

Christmas Morning Granola RecipeIn a large bowl, (it needs to be pretty big, as you are going to be tossing this) combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nuts, and coconut.

Christmas Morning Granola Recipe

In another bowl, combine the oil, honey, and vanilla.

Christmas Morning Granola RecipePour the liquids into the oats and toss well.

Christmas Morning Granola RecipeSpread the granola out on a parchment lined baking sheet.  You clump it up at this point if you like.  I like chunks of granola so I leave big globs on the parchment.

Christmas Morning Granola RecipeBake the granola in a preheated 300 degree oven for about 40 minutes.  Every 10 minutes or so, give it a stir.  You want the granola to dry out and the nuts to toast.

Christmas Morning Granola Recipe

Add the dried fruit to the pan and stir it in.  Let the granola cool and keep in an airtight container for a week up to 10 days.

Christmas Morning Granola RecipePut the granola into a bowl and pour in some milk.  If you are feeling really fancy, add some fresh fruit.  Or sprinkle the granola over yogurt.  Christmas breakfast is served.

Christmas Morning Granola RecipeAnd how cute does it look all wrapped up?  It even has bells on.

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Christmas Morning Granola


Ingredients

  • 4 cups oats (preferably not quick cooking, but that is what I had, I also prefer Irish Oatmeal)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries (I have some dried strawberries in here as well, I was trying to use up some of the other dried fruit in my pantry)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, (it needs to be pretty big, as you are going to be tossing this) combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nuts, and coconut.
  2. In another bowl, combine the oil, honey, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the liquids into the oats and toss well.
  4. Spread the granola out on a parchment lined baking sheet. You clump it up at this point if you like. I like chunks of granola so I leave big globs on the parchment.
  5. Bake the granola in a preheated 300 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, give it a stir. You want the granola to dry out and the nuts to toast.
  6. Add the dried fruit to the pan and stir it in. Let the granola cool and keep in an airtight container for a week up to 10 days.
  7. Put the granola into a bowl and pour in some milk. If you are feeling really fancy, add some fresh fruit. Or sprinkle the granola over yogurt.

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  1. Lisa

    December 3rd, 2010 at 2:46 am

    What a delicious and healthy way to start the Christmas day. I love your little gift idea.

  2. bakedbree

    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    thank you Lisa!

  3. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    December 3rd, 2010 at 7:07 am

    YUMMY. We adore granola and love the idea of starting of Christmas morning with a healthy breakfast…especially considering we spiral into unhealthy fairly quickly that day!

  4. bakedbree

    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Christmas Day can get pretty ugly in the treat department, I say start slow.

  5. kristin

    December 3rd, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Mmm I’m a sucker for good granola. I’ll bookmark this one for a later date for sure. We make a granola that substitutes regular oil with coconut oil and it makes for a sweet taste too!

  6. bakedbree

    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    that is such a good idea. I have never used coconut oil before. I will try it next time I make some. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Colleen

    December 3rd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I just recently came across your site and I am in awe. I love it! Your recipes and photography are great. Only downside… I am all of a sudden very hungry.

  8. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    lol Colleen! Thanks for the sweet words about my blog.

  9. invention funding

    December 4th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Wow! We were talking about this very thing at our Christmas party last night — creative ideas for Christmas morning breakfast. This is exactly it. You are so creative and this is so healthy. Loaded with superfoods like walnuts and blueberries. I think I will try coconut oil like Kristin suggested but I was wondering, I noticed you use canola oil. What is the difference between canola oil and extra virgin olive oil? I have been reading about extra virgin olive oil and I came across this quote by Nicholas Perricone:

    “Extra virgin olive oil is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods in existence. Though I cannot promise you an equally long life span [as the olive tree’s life span], I can assure you that you will look younger, think more clearly, be more active and, yes, extend your life if you incorporate extra virgin olive oil into your diet on a daily basis.”

    Any recommendations of one over the other? Is buying extra virgin olive oil worth the extra money?

    Meredith
    Moorpark, California

  10. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I would not use olive oil in this particular recipe because I want a flavorless oil. As for other times, extra virgin is worth the price. I buy a small quantity of really good, high quality olive oil and use it to drizzle on salads, cheese, etc. I do not use it for cooking as the smoking point is not very high so it burns easily. If you are going to cook with it, add equal parts of extra virgin with some butter or vegetable oil so that it will not burn.

  11. Alissa

    December 4th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I love this as a gift idea for people with young children, and they can easily be made gluten free or nut free or both (this is what I’ll need to do for the people I’m thinking of making this for.) Thanks!

  12. bakedbree

    December 6th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I am glad that you like it. You can alter it to fit almost dietary restriction.

  13. Connie

    December 4th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    love your blog! what’s the best way to store granola and how long does it keep? thanks!

  14. bakedbree

    December 6th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    In an airtight container and I would say 10 days.

  15. Connie

    December 7th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    thanks so much 🙂

  16. bakedbree

    December 7th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    my pleasure.

  17. angela

    December 11th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    making it now. smells great. cant wait to give it away as gifts this week.

  18. bakedbree

    December 12th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I made some this morning. I love this recipe and it was a big hit with my house guests.

  19. Anna

    December 20th, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I made this recipe (plus cranberries minus coconut) and it’s wonderful 🙂 I’m sure it would be even better with coconut but I left it out since it’s going to be for gifts… it’s funny to me that coconut is one of those foods that is commonly disliked… but I suppose it can be a strong flavor,

  20. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    glad that you liked it Anna!

  21. shannon

    November 4th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    where can i get a beautiful glass jar and scoop set like the one you have pictured?

  22. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    the jar came with a set of cookie cutters, and the scoop came from Sur la Table.

  23. WBK

    November 16th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I’m going to make these “Breakfast Baggies” for family & friends. Healthy, tasty and great way to start the New Years! Keep those recipes coming … your site is the BEST!

  24. bakedbree

    November 16th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    thank you so much! That is a great idea, I am sure that your friends and family will love it.

  25. Nikki

    December 2nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hi Bree! I just want to let you know that I make this granola about once a month. It has become a staple for my family. Thank You!

  26. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    that makes me happy Nikki! Glad that you like it so much.

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