Apple Cinnamon Granola: Way Better than Fruit Cake!


Now that Christmas has passed, I can share the top-secret gift idea that I came up with for my guy’s family. He was having the hardest time thinking of gifts to get the adults in his family. He didn’t want to get them gifts just to get them something; he wanted to make sure they could actually use what he gave them. So, I suggested making healthy treats for the gang.

We’re both fitness nuts who get teased by his peoples for our dietary preferences, but we figured we could hoodwink them by mixing up some of the tastiest apple-cinnamon granola ever. We made jars and jars of the stuff (even making some for ourselves) and sent them along to the family in Jersey to devour. The granola tastes good on its own but also tastes pretty good with yogurt and berries.

The recipe called for crazy stuff like brown rice syrup and coconut oil—hard ingredients to find, but so worth it! His mom and dad both are busy folks on the go and don’t really eat as well as they should, so any snack we could give them that had nutrition pumped into them was a bonus for us.

This was the first Christmas I’ve ever baked. I should have picked up on that fun little opportunity sooner because it totally put me in the Christmas spirit. (I was having the worst Charlie Brown mentality before!) The minute I smelled the cinnamon goodness though, something came over me. Who knew granola could be so magical?

Did you make any traditional holiday dishes to give as foodie gifts this year? Hungry tummies want to know! —Tish

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  1. mImI23 says:

    I made homemade trail mix as stocking stuffers for my kids and husband and they loved them (I admit I tossed in some peanut M&M’s. I also baked gluten free pumpkin corn muffins to go with their breakfast. Now I’ve got to try making your granola. Sounds good.

  2. Megan says:

    I made goody baskets for both sides of our family-everything homemade! I spent about a week straight in our kitchen baking up a storm 😉 We made fruit and nut granola-I agree, there is something powerful about the aroma of granola coming from the kitchen; pralines, white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies, and banana nut bread. OK, so not exactly healthy, but our families loved it all!

  3. lifeisgood04 says:

    I baked wholesome dog treats for my friends and family with dogs…no preservatives or crazy additives. My dogs love ’em so I decided to share the love. The little bone shaped goodies went over big :o)

  4. Amanda says:

    I love using coconut oil but i found that my granola actually tastes better without it. try this recipe with stuff easily found in your fridge.