You’ll be snacking on this before it ever gets scooped from the baking sheets and packed into the gift bags—it is so addictively good! It’s better than any store-bought granola we’ve ever tasted. It’s a deliciously healthy gift to give, packed with plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids from the canola oil and ground flax seeds, protein-charged with almonds and hazelnuts, and nutrient-rich with the addition of dried fruit. Customize the granola by substituting different nuts, such as walnuts and cashews, and select your own assortment of dried fruit. If giving this granola at Christmastime, the addition of dried cherries or sweetened cranberries makes it look seasonal and festive.
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole unsalted almonds
1 cup whole skinned hazelnuts
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
2 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut
2 cups dried fruit, either golden raisins, dried cherries, sweetened cranberries, chopped dates, apricots, or a favorite combination
Measuring Cups and Spoons, Large Bowl, Silicone Spatula, Two Large Nonstick Rimmed Baking Sheets, Two Large Cooling Racks
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Bake Time: 35 minutes
Store the granola at room temperature in tightly sealed glass jars or cellophane bags for up to 1 month.
Tie each glass jar or cellophane bag with raffia or ribbon and attach a gift card.
This homemade Coconut Granola Crunch was made on [give date] and can be enjoyed for up to 1 month, stored at room temperature. Enjoy it for breakfast with cold milk, layered with yogurt and fresh fruit for a breakfast parfait, or sprinkled over frozen yogurt for a healthy dessert.