Homemade Granola Snack: Handmade Christmas Gift Idea

homemade granola snack


Homemade Granola Snack: Handmade Christmas Gift Idea

Here’s a delicious Homemade Granola Snack recipe that doubles as the perfect Handmade Christmas gift idea! Homemade granola is delicious on it’s own as a snack, sprinkled over ice cream or granola, or as a mix-in with your favorite cereal. I love granola but had been intimidated in making it for awhile! But, once I tried it, I realized how easy it is! Plus, it’s much less expensive to make your own! Why spend money on expensive store-bought granola? You can create any variety you wish, with just a few changes to the basic recipe. Homemade granola is also a great gift to give as a hostess present, for a teacher, or anyone really!

Use your favorite dried fruit and nuts! On this maple glazed recipe, my favorite combination is dried cranberries and walnuts. Yummy!

If you love this Homemade Granola Snack Recipe, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!


 Maple Pecan Granola (Homemade Granola Snack)



2 ½ cup rolled oats

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

½ cup maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup dried fruit

½ cup nuts

¼ tsp. salt

quart mason jar



Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

Preheat oven to 300͒

Combine oats, brown sugar, dried fruit, nuts, and salt in a large bowl.

homemade granola mix

In a separate bowl, whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla well.

homemade granola wet ingredients

Stir wet and dry ingredients together until completely coated.

Spread mixture over two pans, allowing plenty of room.

homemade granola bake

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and then stir well.

Place back in oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

After it’s cool, store it in an airtight container.

This recipe fits perfectly inside a quart mason jar for storage.



Use honey instead of maple syrup

dried Blueberries and Pecans

Coconut and Macadamia nuts

Add 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice


Make your our own favorite mix!

Plus, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts series to learn about other easy Homemade Gift Ideas!

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  • 12.11.14 Trish F

    What a great gift idea. I have a friend who loves granola, I’m thinking of her. These would be so much easier than making cookies and healthier too.

  • 12.12.14 Mary Dailey

    This looks so easy and I love granola. Can’t wait to try this! Thank you!

  • 12.14.14 Ashley B.

    This is such a great handmade gift! I’ve been wanting to try to make my own granola and this recipe looks great! I will be trying this out :o) Thank you!

  • 12.17.14 Kathleen Quinlan

    I love this Granola Recipe!!! I am from Vermont so Maple Syrup is a tasty additive to anything.. I love it on summer squash… But the Granola here would be good on top of a mashed Squash!!!!!

  • 12.24.14 Angela Simmons

    that looks delicious what a great snack for the kiddos or long car rides

  • 12.28.14 laura rubenstein

    This is a great gift idea especially for those who are hard to shop for. I’m gonna make this thanks

  • 01.02.15 Brigid OHara Koshko

    I love granola and I am always looking for a new recipe to try. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 01.03.15 Kathleen Kelly

    My daughter and I love granola…I like to make it for her to take to work and I eat it after a workout! thanks for sharing your great recipes!

  • 01.08.15 anna

    This looks filling and healthy. I will have to try to make it soon.