The Gift of Granola: Cheap and Easy Christmas Idea!

homemade granola recipe

This holiday season, I’ve come up with a super easy, budget-friendly gift idea. Homemade granola!

Double the batch, divide it between 3-4 large mason jars, tie a ribbon around the top and you’ve got yourself a gift that almost anybody can appreciate. granola recipe
I think this could be perfect for a grandparent, co-worker, neighbor, or friend that you want to give a little goodie to but don’t want to spend a lot of money on. I have quite a few people in my life in that category. 🙂

The holidays are a great excuse to whip up this gift but I’m thinking this could be a year round gift idea too. It’s be great for a new mom, or someone that needs a little pick-me-up.

Give the gift of granola, people!

Print off this recipe card to attach to your gift! Just click the image to download it.
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  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


  • 3 cups of oats (old fashioned- not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup PURE maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup oil (preferably canola)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine syrup, oil, and vanilla
  4. Pour wet mixture over oats and stir until well coated.
  5. Spread oats out on greased, rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake 25 minutes, then give your granola a stir. (Add raisins or other ingredients at this point.)
  7. Bake another 25 minutes.
  8. Store in air tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.


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  1. Linn butler says

    Can I freeze this granola recipe?

    • Polly says

      For sure!

  2. Julie Geyer says

    Hey Rachel, For those in Columbia, Natural Grocers has coupon booklets at the register: when you spend $30 you get a free 3 lb. bag of organic oats! Perfect timing for granola making.