Kids in the Kitchen – Homemade Holiday Gifts (Granola Recipe)

gift from the kitchen

I will be the first person to tell you that I am not super creative or artsy like some of my friends.  But I do like feeding people well and saving money when I can.  Those traits usually send me and the kids to the kitchen, where we whip up some tasty treats to share.  Don’t get me wrong – the kids don’t always want to hang out with me OR spend time in the kitchen…so I have to fly solo on occasion.

Last year, people LOVED our spice rub mix.  But what they probably loved even more was the cute jar and baby spoon that was attached.  All of the credit for that goes to my daughter – she has an eye for that sort of thing.

This year, I was more pressed for time and simply whipped up a double batch of this awesome granola recipe (from my upcoming book, The Whole Family Cookbook, due out in April!)


Crunchy Granola
From What’s Cooking with Kids, The Whole Family Cookbook

4 cups oats (not quick cooking)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Optional Ingredients:
1/3 cup Dried Fruit, such as cranberries, raisins, currants, blueberries or cherries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds , (without shells)
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons flax seeds
1/4 cup dried and shredded coconut
1/2 cup nuts, chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans or cashews


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
    If using, add shredded coconut, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and nuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine honey, oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the granola mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven.
  6. Bake at 300℉ for 25-30 minutes, stirring gently every 10 minutes, so that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  7. After the mixture comes out of the oven, add any dried fruit of your choice: currants, raisins, cranberries, blueberries or cherries
  8. Once the mixture has cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.


Have you made gifts from the kitchen before? What are your favorites?

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13 Responses to Kids in the Kitchen – Homemade Holiday Gifts (Granola Recipe)

  1. Kristen says:

    Love making gifts with my kiddos!

  2. Tickled Red says:

    The boys and I loving making yummy gifts for people during the holidays and we are always on the look out for a good granola recipe. Thanks!!

  3. Mel Kettle says:

    I love the addition of the vanilla. Never would have thought of that. I make a GF crunchy granola which I’ll eventually post to my blog. Will let you know when…
    PS Happy Thanksgiving

  4. Yum, I can practically smell the granola all the way from the East Coast. I have been looking for a good granola recipe and this one looks perfect.

  5. TidyMom says:

    thanks so much! I’ve been on such a granola kick lately!! This will be perfect to make and share!!

  6. I love the idea of granola (or spice rub). I You have inspired me for a few gifts to start on. I usually do fudge and I can get the kids to help me stir and lick spoons. This granola looks heavenly and it’s something you know people will eat.

  7. Renee says:

    Because my daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I started making my own chocolates for her. I started just learning how to temper chocolate and make molded shapes for the different holidays. Now I also make several different kinds of chocolate candies –chocolate covered white truffles, dipped pretzels, whiskey balls, etc. I’m not terribly artistic about them, but they’re fun to make, and they’re fun to give away.

  8. I love homemade gifts… They are definitely the best ones. This is a great recipe and anyone would be so lucky to receive this granola as a gift. 🙂

  9. Two of my favorite to make as a kid were homemade vanilla and infused vinegars. They keep on the shelf for months (if not years) and a welcome departure from the often sweet gifts of the holidays. I plan to make at least the first with Thor this year.

  10. Chez Us says:

    What a great gift idea, I would have never thought about granola. I love the idea …. may have to change my venue this year! Thanks for the great idea.

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