Nothing says the holidays like home-cooked treats. Looking to send a some DIY gifts to a few friends and family this year, I whipped up a batch—my first-ever batch, to be precise—of what I’m now completely hooked on and have named Miyoko’s Homemade Holiday Granola.
I made 20 cups, which proved to be the perfect batch to make at once to avoid having leftover ingredients and to feed the resulting cravings for it that are sure to come. I’ve thus far just enjoyed it with milk but have been told it’s pretty fine with yogurt as well.
Since there are few things I enjoy more than wrapping up multiple gifts at the same time in the same way and looking at the results of my mini-manufacturing center, this was truly satisfying. I wrapped up the plastic-bagged bundles with ribbon and “Merry Christmas” ornaments.
Here’s the recipe, which is simple to adapt and alter as you wish.
Miyoko’s Homemade Holiday Granola
(adapted from Bon Appetit’s Everyday Granola recipe)
6 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
4 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey (or more maple syrup)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried pomegranates
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line rimmed backing sheet with parchment paper. Mix oats, pecans, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. Stir maple syrup, honey, and oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat until smoothed and mixed together. Pour liquid mixture over the oat mixture and toss. Spread on the prepared sheet (or sheets to keep from piling high). Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on a rack. Stir granola then let cool. Mix in fruit. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.