So I have a rather large family and we usually do secret Santa, etc. but I still like to give or make something for my cousins and their families, aunts, uncles, etc. This year I decided to make big batches of what I like to call THE COTTER CHRISTMAS GRANOLA. James eats this up like candy. Good thing its not. The recipe is below. It looks really cute in mason jars with ribbon around it. That's about as festive as I get these days, haha!
Try it. Let me know how it goes.
Then the oat combo
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Either butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, nuts, flax, coconut, ground cinnamon, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir together the oil (or melted butter), and maple syrup. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the liquid. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 30 - 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly. (The browner the granola gets (without burning) the crunchier the granola will be.) Place on a wire rack to cool. You will notice that the granola may still be sticky when it is removed from the oven but it will become crisp and dry as it cools. Make sure to break up any large clumps of granola while the mixture is still warm. Once the granola has completely cooled, store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Note: Once the granola has cooled completely you can add a variety of dried fruits; cherries, cranberries, raisins, and apricots, etc.
Cotter Christmas Nut/Granola Recipe:
3 cups (300 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1-2 cup almonds
1-2 cashew halves
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp flaxseed (optional)
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup agave nectar (or dark honey)
1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, cherries, apricots, dates, figs, and/or raisins) (optional)
I actually added some chocolate chips for a little more sweetness!
And voila, gifts for my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. are done!