holiday guest post // homemade apple cinnamon granola from beth murphy.

from beth:: “one of my favorite gifts to give at Christmastime is homemade granola. it’s really simple to make and looks so pretty in a jar with a bow. i used this recipe as a guideline and after making it several times it has evolved into what it is now. hope you enjoy it!”
apple cinnamon granola::
2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
½ cup honey
⅜ cup brown rice syrup (available in the natural section of the grocery store or at a natural foods store)
½ cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or other oil you have on hand
first, put on your favorite holiday album. okay, now… heat the oven to 300°F. mix everything together and spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet (don’t use waxed paper, it will stick). bake for 40-60 minutes, stirring everything around halfway through baking. your kitchen will smell just lovely at this point. once it is golden and finished, take it out of the oven and let it cool on the baking sheet. transfer it into a quart sized glass jar or other container and add a sweet little gift-tag.
happy baking!
beth
  1. Katz NYC

    I've never made my own granola, although I consume it quite a bit, but now I see how easy it is to make, so I gotta try it. And what a great gift to give friends and family instead of all the junk we drag home from the mall…

    Have a beautiful Saturday!

  2. Cassie

    Yum! I've been wanting a delicious granola recipe!

    Thanks!

  3. never made granola. A must try! Cute idea!

  4. I don't like granola at all but the bf LOVES it, so I just found a great little 'food-gift' thanks :)

  5. This looks delicious! I NEED to try it out! XO

  6. Definitely trying this.

  7. i love homemade granola. we made some this morning with dried blueberries. that was actually going to be my saturday post ;)
    can't wait to try this recipe. thanks for sharing!

  8. alayne

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. i've never made granola but feel like this is infinitely healthier than the store-bought kind with 15g sugar per serving. i'll have to give this a try…with my fav Christmas music playing in the background, as instructed.

  10. Andrea

    Love making my own granola. This recipe sounds divine:)

  11. Brittany

    what a fun gift idea! thanks for sharing!

  12. megan h.

    I think I went to college with her in Pennsylvania. Small world!

  13. toytulip

    hey! I am a fan of your blog and lifestyle! just thought I should let you know that I have found your picture used in an article in the Romanian Cosmopolitan (december issue). :)

  14. Looks amazing! Definitely going to try this.

  15. Chaucee

    Love the photos just as much as the recipe!

  16. i just drew a girl in a Secret Santa who would LOVE this. bookmarking and definitely giving it a try :)

  17. i just drew a girl in a Secret Santa who would LOVE this. bookmarking and definitely giving it a try :)

  18. Mariana

    Love this.

  19. Veronika

    Love this :)
    Great for gift-giving!

  20. I just discovered your lovely blog in Glamour magazine. You can see the photo of the magazine on my blog because I am also in this article "I blog" (I Share a fashion blog with my boyfriend). We also have an English bulldog :)
    I'll comme back here ! Take care.

    Vanessa

  21. granola is my favorite! yum!

  22. I was thinking of making natural jam, and putting them in little containors as gifts, your granola seems like a fun option. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    http://www.cuteincorral.blogspot.com

  23. oooh what a sweet gift idea, and the mixture of ingredients sounds delicious! i will definitely have to make this!

  24. Brooke

    This sounds so lovely! What a cute and yummy holiday gift!

    Brooke

    thebebebirds.blogspot.com

  25. what a gorgeous gift idea… am going to suggest it for my friend's wedding- think it would be a perfect (and not too expensive) guest gift! thanks x

  26. Thank you for sharing! It looks delish! It would make a beautiful gift!

  27. i'm salivating. good "food" pictures too!! great lighting.

  28. Logan

    This looks like a great recipe!
    Can't wait to add it to the list of homemade goodies I am giving for Christmas this year!

  29. The granola is delicious! If your granola isn't hardened in the oven, don't worry it will congeal when you let it cool.