Giving the Gift of Breakfast

20 Dec

If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away. Or food. You can always give food away. Made with love, of course.

Christmas in a Bowl

Christmas in a Bowl

Homemade goodies are an inexpensive yet heartfelt way of wishing your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Because none of us really need more stuff at Christmas, right? (None of us really need more calories either, but that’s beside the point. Giving, love, Christmas, etc… *brushes cookie crumbs off the keyboard*)

Cookies and bars are a Christmas staple. For the traditional folk there’s biscotti and fruit cakes. But I recommend granola. It’s so simple to make and you can add all kinds of fun and tasty bits to customize pretty much any recipe.

I’ve written about homemade granola here once before and it is a staple in my kitchen. So fragrant, so delicious, so (mostly) healthy. This gingerbread granola recipe has been on my “Christmas to-bake” list for a couple years and I’m glad I finally tried it out this year. As a friend of mine put it, it’s so good “it actually makes me feel angry that I’ve lived without it for so long.” Yep, it’s really that good. Like Christmas in a bowl. And it will make your house smell fantastic.

If you’re a fan of gingerbread, breakfast, and recipes that are pretty much impossible mess up, give this one a try.

Gingerbread Granola

Go all out on the extras, it’s Christmas!

Yield: About 6 cups



3 cups porridge oats (I use these because I like the flax and extra bran, but plain oats would work fine)
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt


1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons canola oil (or olive, or coconut, or whatever you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla


1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet to dry and stir, making sure all the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  5. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes, stopping to shake the pan halfway through.
  6. Cool completely and mix in white chocolate chips and cranberries.

Wrap a few scoops up in a pretty cellophane bag, tie it off with a ribbon, and you’re all set to bring the joy of breakfast.. I mean Christmas.. to all the girls and boys on your “nice” list.

Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

Syrup and  molasses

Syrup and molasses






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