Healthy Homemade Gifts
It’s hard to believe Halloween is over and the “Holidays” are just around the corner. In an effort to reuse more and consume less I have been thinking of ways to give something that is more earth friendly. I love to bake and usually spend the days frantically making cookies and fudge. Let’s face it decadent holiday treats are just not yummy without all the bad stuff. How could I combine healthy and delicious treats in an Eco-friendly way? I re-vamped the ever popular cookie in a jar gift idea with my homemade granola. It’s easy to make, reuses materials I already have, and the recipe is simple enough that anyone can make. See this week’s recipe for the revised version (I had to cut in down to fit in a jar) and pre-made labels ready to download and use.
Granola in a Jar
~2 cups of rolled oats
~1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
~1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
~1/2 cup raw nuts (such as almonds, cashews or combination of both)
~1/2 teaspoon salt (sea salt)
~1/4 cup mini chocolate chips **
~1/4 cup of dried berries of your choice (unsweetened)
~1/4 cup expeller pressed oil (I use organic canola)
~1/3 cup of honey
** Feel free to add any other things you like (hemp seeds, cacao nibs)
1. Place oats in a large glass jar. Add salt on top of the oats.
2. Layer the ingredients in the following order: dried berries, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and end with the chocolate chips.
3. Attach the lid and place a round piece of fabric over the top. I used a couple pieces of double sided tap to hold down.
4. Cut out Granola recipe tags and punch a hole in the upper left corner.
5. Thread a piece of ribbon through the recipe instructions and tie around the jar to secure the fabric.