Maple Cinnamon Granola with Nuts and Dried Fruit


‘Tis the season of edible gifts. Trays of cookies, plates of fudge, and chocolate-covered anything abound. No offense to Christmas cookies, but sometimes it’s nice to give (or receive) an edible gift than is a bit healthier. I’m not advocating passing out a stalks of kale tied with a bow to your neighbors or gifting your kid’s teacher a bag of coconut flour, but might I kindly suggest gifting this recipe. It comes together quickly and, as a gift to you, makes your house smell amazing as it slowly bakes.







Maple Cinnamon Granola with Nuts and Dried Fruit
(makes about 9 cups)


  • 4 c. rolled oats
  • 2 c. crispy rice cereal
  • 1 c. sliced almonds
  • 3/4 c. chopped pecans
  • 3/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c. oil
  • 3/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, syrup, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir gently to coat.
  3. Place granola into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Push down any raisins or cranberries that are on top to prevent drying out.
  4. Bake for 60–70 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely before packaging.

This can easily be made gluten-free by using certified GF oats and rice cereal. It’s also dairy free and vegan.


I made three batches of this granola to pass along to our neighbors. I’m hoping it makes up for our—ahem—quirky dog who barks loudly from the window each time a neighbor dares to walk on our sidewalk and barks even louder if we pass them on a walk. If our dog dares get any—ahem—quirkier, I’ll be handing out full meals next year as a peace offering. I’ll just avoid the bow-tied kale.

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