Tis the season to make a delicious food gift to share! A jar of homemade cranberry vanilla granola is a wonderful gift to make and give during the holidays. This recipe is gluten free and nut free, and so yummy with a bowl of yogurt or sprinkled on top of ice cream.
It gets to a certain point in December, and you’re just kind of done with shopping, you know? The stores are crowded, and it’s all too much. When you’ve had it with Christmas shopping, you might want to turn to handmade gifts.
This cranberry vanilla granola recipe is easy to make and looks so cute when packaged up in a jar with twine. This is a fun holiday gift that’s sure to be appreciated. If you have friends who are gluten free or vegan, this is a great way to show them you care!
This cranberry vanilla granola is full of flavor and crunch due to the addition of cranberries, chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds. It starts out with a basic granola recipe similar to my buttery coconut granola.
I’ve added a few extra ingredients to make it even more delicious. You can add whatever you want – different seeds, cacao nibs, dried berries, freeze dried fruit – it’s up to you! I put it in a quart sized jar and topped it with parchment paper and twine. It really couldn’t be easier.
This granola in a jar is:
- ideal for a teacher or babysitter gift
- gluten free, vegan, and nut free
- crunchy, flavorful, and great with milk or yogurt
- certified gluten free oats
- vegan buttery spread
- maple syrup
- dried cranberries
- allergy friendly chocolate chips
- sunflower seeds
Items needed to package this granola:
- wide mouth quart sized mason jar and lid
- parchment paper or waxed paper
- decorative twine or ribbon
- gift tags
More allergy friendly food gift recipes:
And if you need more gift ideas, be sure to check out my Gluten Free Gifts in Jars eBook!
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Cranberry Vanilla Granola.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put the melted vegan buttery spread in a large bowl and add the vanilla extract and honey or maple syrup. Stir to combine.
Add the gluten free whole oats and stir well to coat.
Spread the oats on the baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 45-55 minutes. Stir the oats every 15 minutes or so.
Let the oats cool, then layer in a quart sized jar with the sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. (Alternately you can mix everything together and then put in the jar).
Place the granola in the jar and put the lid on. Top with parchment paper and baker's twine, then tie a gift tag on and write a festive message to your recipient.
This granola should stay fresh in the jar for at least 7-10 days.