There is no better time to start sharing ALL the granola recipes! Why? Granola is basically the quintessential perfect foodie gift to give during the holiday season. Am I right? Yes, of course I am! Not only does giving granola make some happy tummies, but it also shows you took the time and love to actually prepare a thoughtful creation with your own two hands. You didn't just run out and pick up a bottle of wine or grab a gift card. You actually made something, which I think is often sadly neglected now-a-days.
With just a few simple ingredients and under an hour of your time, you could have some wonderful, from the heart, granola to give to a loved one. (Or just keep it for yourself...I won't tell! But to be safe, just make a double, even triple batch!). This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill granola either. It will wow whomever you give it to, I guarantee!
We have a lot going on here to make the perfect, subtly sweet, and festive healthy granola! I've included tri-colored quinoa, honey roasted pecans, and the best fragrant spices of the season! Gluten-free, vegan (if you're okay with honey!), and protein packed! A healthy "indulgence" to share this holiday season!
When I first tried this granola, I knew it was now one of my new favorites. I actually made this recipe in my college dorm floor kitchen! The whole 1st floor smelled lovingly of holiday spice and yumminess! A few kids in the kitchen at the time asked what I was making. I simply said, "Granola." And this time, it was all for me, mwahhh!
Maybe I'll be in the loving spirit closer to the holidays and make some of this for my peers. Probably not (poor college student budget...have to safe every penny and not waste it!). But I will make some for family when I get home! You should plan on making some too. I know it will bring some love and joy and warm hearts during your holiday season!
Festive Spiced Pecan Quinoa Granola
Ingredients: (serves 6-8)
+ 2 Cups Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
+ ½ Cup Quinoa Flakes
+ ¼ Cup Living Now® Tri-Color Quinoa
+ ½ Cup NOW Real Food® Honey Roasted Pecans (Broken into smaller pieces)
+ ½ Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
+ 1 TB Stevia Syrup(or ¼ Cup Honey)
+ ½ TB Cinnamon
+ 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or ½ Tsp Nutmeg + ½ Tsp Allspice)
+ Preheat oven to 325°F.
+ In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown rice cereal, quinoa flakes, quinoa, pecans, and stir. Then add the remaining wet ingredients and spices and stir again until everything is equally coated and distributed throughout the mixture.
+ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly oiled foil. Spread the granola mixture on the sheet evenly. It should be clumpy too so you get nice clumps of granola when it's done!
+ Bake the granola for 25 minutes, stirring every 10. Remove and let cool before storing in an airtight jar or container!
See those clumps of goodness? And those hunks of pecans? It is like biting into pure holiday heaven! This granola just has so many uses! Give it as a gift in a pretty jar, set it out in some little bowls for holiday gathering snaking, simple eat it for breakfast in a bowl with non-dairy milk, on yogurt, or a topping for a smoothie! The granola possibilities are endless 😉
Want some more granola recipes? Check out my Apple Cinnamon Granola, Chocolate Banana Cashew Granola, More Than Carrot Cake Granola, Orange Hemp Seed Granola, Pumpkin Spice Granola, Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola!
So tell me:
+ What is the best homemade gift you ever received during the holidays?
+ Would you rather bake cookies for someone or granola? Granola! Duh! Haha 😉 Cookies are so 1990s 😛
**Disclaimer: This recipe post was created as part of the NOW Foods Holiday Smart Swap Recipe Challenge. I received NOW Foods products for free to use in my original creation.**
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