Thanksgiving Granola and 6 Great Gift Wrap Ideas

Granola is easy to make and fun to personalize.  Although I have a favorite recipe I played around  to create a Thanksgiving version, minus the turkey, of course!  This blend is chock full of cranberries, pecans, pumpkin seeds, good-for-you chia seeds and is flavored with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. YUM!  imageThe house smelled so divine while it baked!  Enjoy it over yogurt, with milk, as a topping for ice cream or straight up for snacking. One thing is for sure, it is hard to resist!  Granola is one of my favorite hostess gifts and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give a gift that can be enjoyed for breakfast in the following days.    I will share several packaging ideas so your granola will look as good as it tastes when gifted.

THANKSGIVING GRANOLA

  • Servings: Makes 8 cups
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Ingredients:

3 c old-fashioned oats

1 c non fat milk powder

3/4 c whole pumpkin seeds(pepitas)

1/3 c chia seeds

1/3 c shredded coconut

1/2 c maple syrup

1/4 c oil (coconut or canola)

1 t vanilla

1 T pumpkin pie spice

1 and 1/2 c pecan halves

1 and 1/2 c dried  cranberries

Method:

1-  Combine the maple syrup, oil and vanilla.  Preheat oven to 300 F.

2-  Combine all the dry ingredients except the cranberries.  Add the maple syrup- oil  to the dry ingredients and using your hands, distribute evenly until all the oats are moistened.

3-  Line 2 rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper and spread the granola evenly on each pan.

4-  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at the half way point so the granola on the edges does not burn.  At the half time mark, switch the cookie sheets so the granola browns evenly in both trays.

5-  Add the cranberries, breaking up any clusters.  Let cool.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature if eating within a week or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.

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PRESENTATION IDEAS:

Granola is one of my most popular gifts from the kitchen.  I love coming up with creative ways to package it. Here are several examples to inspire you:

In a cellophane bag (Michaels) tied with natural twine, with a tag made from recycled corrugated cardboard with a silk leaf glued on. I nestled the bag in a cardboard tea box with tissue paper.

In a cellophane bag (Michaels) tied with natural twine, with a tag made from recycled corrugated cardboard with a silk leaf glued on. I nestled the bag in a cardboard tea box with tissue paper.

In a claasic Bell or Mason jar, with a suede fabric round to conceal the lid, tied on with natural twine. Gift tag cut from a logo from a box of Raincoast crackers, which I recycled.

In a classic Bell or Mason jar, with a suede fabric round to conceal the lid, tied on with natural twine. Gift tag cut from a logo from a box of Raincoast crackers, which I recycled.

A darling basket with a cellophane packet of granola tied in a seasonal ribbon with a tag with a blade of wheat woven through 2 slits on a piece or recycled cardboard

A darling basket with a cellophane packet of granola tied in a seasonal ribbon with a tag featuring a blade of wheat woven through 2 slits on a piece of recycled cardboard

Another Mason jar with a nature-inspired gold leaf ornament attached, a second gift for the holiday season ahead!

Another Mason jar with a nature-inspired gold leaf ornament attached, a second gift for the holiday season ahead!

Using the box that the oats came in, I cut out a length of birch bark patterned gift wrap($2.99 at TJ Maxx) and covered the container.

Using the box that the oats came in, I cut out a length of birch bark patterned gift wrap($2.99 at TJ Maxx) and covered the container.  Glued it on with glue stick glue.

This might be my favorite presentation idea!

This might be my favorite presentation idea!  The cellophane bag of granola is nestled in the container and a wide gros grain ribbon ties it all together.

Using an old clay pot, I painted one coat of chalkboard paint and let it dry an hour.

Using an old clay pot, I painted one coat of chalkboard paint (JoAnn’s) and let it dry an hour.

The most chic presentation of all. A crisp black and white French ribbon ties a cellophane bag of granola and a glittery gold oak leaf (Michaels) is used as a tag in the planter.

The most chic presentation of all. A crisp black and white French ribbon ties a cellophane bag of granola and a glittery gold oak leaf (Michaels) is used as a tag in the planter.  A Thanksgiving message is written in chalk on the planter.

Any of these gift wrap ideas can be modified to suit your occasion.  To see more gift ideas from the kitchen and to read my classic granola recipe, please visit:

https://frenchgardenerdishes.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/edible-gifting/

Happy Thanksgiving!

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16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Granola and 6 Great Gift Wrap Ideas

    • You read every word I write Doctor! I will save the gold leaf ornament for you. I’m afraid the granola would no longer be fresh by the time it arrives in Indonesia and you would think I wasn’t a good cook. But if I ever get there on a vacation they’ll be granola in my luggage for you 🙂

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  2. What a delicious granola. The gift wrap ideas are very creative and they are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing these ideas. Happy FF and happy weekend. 🙂

  3. What a great recipe and I love all you gift wrapping examples, especially the mason jar with the gold leaf, you are so crafty, thanks for sharing:)

  4. Oooohhhhh…I really like the presentation ideas for the granola! Really cute…all of them! The one in the bark covered cup is REALLY cool! And the last one in the chalk pot is terrific! Such great ideas!!!

    I love granola on yogurt. I’ve never made it from scratch, though. Seems easy enough!

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