Not only do I love to bake during the holidays, but I also have so many wonderful memories surrounding baking: making family-favorite cookies with my grandmother, packing up tins of holiday treats for the neighbors with my mom, making gingerbread men with my boys when they were small and decorating cookies with the entire family.
A gift from your kitchen is also a gift from the heart. Why not make it healthy as well as tasty, gorgeous, and just right for the holidays? There are two perfect recipes here: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=15098
Here’s one of my favorites, taken from a Cooking Light recipe a few years ago: Holiday Granola (but it’s delicious any time of the year!)
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 2 cups whole oats
- 2/3 cup chopped pistachios
- 2/3 cup nutlike cereal nuggets (such as Grape-Nuts)
- 2/3 cup dried craisins
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine sugar and cider in a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in oats and remaining ingredients; cook 5 minutes or until granola is lightly browned, stirring frequently. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to a week.
The green pistachios and red craisins are perfect for the holidays. I’ve also made this with chopped walnuts or almonds, and a variety of dried fruit. Use your imagination!