It’s the holidays and that is a time when we want to show our appreciation for everyone that touches our lives – and that could be a lot of people. Teachers, coaches, crossing guards, the mail person, our miracle-worker hair dresser, the barista who consistently provides a smile and your favorite coffee drink each morning, the list goes on and on.
I believe that the very best gifts are of the edible sort (of course), so today I am sharing some of my favorites ideas. There are soft ginger cookies to send in the mail, chewy caramels and chocolate covered pretzels to share with your co-workers; hot chocolate mix with homemade marshmallows to show appreciation to the hostess at the next party; doggy biscuits to thank your dog’s best furry pal; or skillet toffee to hide under the tree.
My favorite gift by far to give is this delicious holiday homemade granola we call JAM ST. Granola. We came up with the name one day in the car as the entire family was snacking on a fresh batch and brainstorming on how we can manufacture and sell this to make us millionaires. Ah, we can all dream…. It’s crunchy and delicious and has the perfect blend of nuts, cinnamon and salt.
JAM ST Granola – makes about 8 cups
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 large egg white
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, flax seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Mix in the maple syrup.
- Pour the butter/maple syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat well. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Add to the dry ingredients and toss.
- Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the granola is toasted and golden.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can also store in the refrigerator or freezer for longer periods of time.
Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enjoy dinner with your family.
Time For Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy, seasonal meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation.
As a Princeton Scoop reader, enjoy our Holiday special that runs Cyber Monday through December 31st.
Choose from 2 great offers:
- Subscribe to our annual subscription plan and pay only $30 (a savings of $30).
- Subscribe to our quarterly subscription plan and pay $13 (a $5 savings).
To join CLICK HERE and enjoy time around the table with those you love.