Give Granola

To make a healthy gift that friends and family will devour this season, skip the fruitcake and go for granola instead. Once you've got the basic recipe down, try the tasty variations.

Photography: Krause, Johansen

Source: Body+Soul, November/December 2007


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine honey, maple syrup, butter, and brown sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.

  2. In a large bowl, mixed rolled oats, coconut, and salt. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet and spread granola evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool before transferring to airtight glass containers.


Ginger-Apple Granola: Replace 1/4 cup syrup with 1/4 cup molasses and stir 1/4 teaspoon pepper in with oats. Bake for 12 minutes, then add 1 cup total of chopped crystallized ginger and dried apple; bake 8 to 13 minutes.


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