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The Gift That Keeps on Crunching.

by caroline

When I visit friends and family, I love to take them a small gift. Just a little somethin’ that says, “Hey, thanks for having me. I hope this gift makes up for any messes I might leave behind.” (**joking**)

But, seriously, I throughly enjoy sharing my food creations with the people I love. So, when it came time to think up a special gift I could bring to Dan’s parents’ house, I knew a granola recipe was the way to go. My mother-in-law loves crunchy cereal and I was confident that one of my recipes would do the trick.

I put a special spin on the usual by adding in Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Whole O’s for an extra punch-o-crunch. When my MIL tried it she said, “That cereal is DELICIOUS.” I’ll take that as a stamp of crunchy approval …

Crunchy Granol-O (gluten-free and vegan)

(Print me!)


  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 cups Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Whole O’s
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

NOTES: I used Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, and a mix of dried blueberries and cranberries.


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a baking mat, like this).

In a medium bowl combine the oats, Whole O’s, maple syrup, almonds, cashews, dried fruit, sea salt and cinnamon. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


I put the granola into a 32-ounce mason jar and had a cup or so left over to munch on the next morning. I love what a pretty gift this makes. All I did was stuff the jar, tie a ribbon around it and loop it through a handmade Christmas tree ornament before finishing the bow. Lovely, right?!

Share, please: What’s the best homemade gift you’ve ever given or received?