I was right to expect the holiday season to just keep getting busier and busier.
Part of the rush for me is that it’s turning into summer and our little town is filling up with vacationers and Santiogo…ans, ites? Not sure, but the point is it’s getting packed and hectic. Excitement for both Christmas and summer is running high and I’m scrambling a little to keep up. I’m also dying to start my squirrel-style berry saving but I’ve promised myself I’ll wait until after new years so I don’t get too backed up.
The weather just decided to switch from rainy back to warming up and now I’m just really confused. You basically have to think like an onion to make it here because layering will save your life. I’m constantly putting on and taking off layers #IFeelLiketheKarateKid.
Some good friends of ours just bought property and have plans to build on it. So far they had started constructing a small storage structure on it only to find out that there had been a mixup and it was the wrong property. Yeah, Chilean culture is indescribable, frustrating, and sometimes indescribably frustrating. So two days ago we helped them disassemble and move it a few hundred yards to a spot that (I sincerely hope) is on their actual property. It was a hard but fun group job made more fun, I think, by the brownies I brought for everyone. Brownies make everything better….oh, and so does granola!
That’s why I’m sharing this really easy recipe with you guys for the perfect holiday gift giving and my fourth Edible gift post. Anyone who loves granola is going to go crazy for this stuff and, like I said, it’s really simple. Whether you have one of those health-nut neighbors, a super fit bff, or a gluten-free family member, this is what you need to give them.
I think this is hands down my favorite of every granola that I’ve ever made. It’s probably the addition of chocolate, or maybe the pistachios (which we just recently found locally, Yay!) but either way it’s delish. Pistachios are my favorite nut, or at least my fave tied with cashews, but still at the top spot of my list. They totally made this granola epic. I also added some holiday touches like dried cranberries, orange zest, and cinnamon to make it really festive.
You definitely should make this and give it to someone this Christmas. I mean, I can’t make any promises cause there are weirdos in the world, but I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. If you’re not sure though, just play it safe and give it to someone who you know will appreciate it or simply make it for yourself.
Okay, so I hope you try it and if you do I’d love to know what you think!
Edible Gifting Week #4: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, & Pistachio Granola
Give the gift of delicious, crunchy snacking this holiday season and make this super simple granola!
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- zest from 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios roughly chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dairy free semi-sweet dark chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Combine syrup, oil, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and place over low heat. Stir for about 3 minutes until warm. Remove from heat and add vanilla and zest, then stir until smooth. Add oats and coconut and stir to combine.
Spread out granola on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. then remove from oven and stir in pepitas and pistachios with spatula. Return to oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes longer until crisp. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Once cooled, add craisins and chocolate and pour into a jar or container with lid. Should keep at room temp for at least 2 weeks.