To complete of breakfast gift (from this series) were little pillows of granola. Granola is such a hearty and tasty breakfast, and couldn’t be easier to make. We packaged it in simple cellophane bags available at many stationary and craft stores. And as a sweet last detail we hugged these little guys with a piece of twine. Here is the basic recipe we used, you can always add in extras like other nuts, dried fruit or coconut :
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
3/4 cup honey
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
Heat oven to 320 degrees.
Place the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the butter is melted. Place the oats and nuts in a large bowl, pour over 1/2 the butter mixture and toss well to combine. Spread evenly over the base of a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Stir, pour the remaining half of your butter mixture over the granola and bake for a further 5?10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Allow to cool and stir through additional items like raisins cranberries, pumpkin seeds or pistachios. Store in an airtight container.