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It’s my favorite week of A Gluten-Free Holiday, because we’re celebrating with Gifts of Good Taste! Alta from Tasty Eats at Home is hosting this week, so head on over here for her delicious edible gift recipe and enter to win a copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Peter and Kelli Bronski.
When I think about giving edible gifts at the holidays, I’ll be honest. I usually focus more on taste than health. If I give someone a platter of cookies or muffins, the last thing I want them saying after I leave is, “ugh, not another crunchy health cookie from Hallie!” While I think my super healthy cookies and “power truffle” experiments are delicious, I understand that many people are not used to eating the way that I am and that they may consider a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free treat to be a far cry from the usual iced sugar cookie.
So when I can come up with recipes that are packed with nutrition while still tasting fantastic and having wide crowd appeal, I’m stoked. And if they store well and make a pretty gift, I’m even happier.
This grain-free granola fits the bill for all of the above. High in healthy fats and protein while being low-glycemic, it also keeps well for at least a week at room temperature (but never goes un-eaten for that long!)—making it an excellent gift idea. And who doesn’t love munching on crunchy, chewy granola clusters?
Of course, if you’re already set on your gift ideas and you just want to whip up a batch for yourself, have at it. I love crumbling a handful of this over applesauce or acorn squash puree for a quick snack. If you can tolerate a little dairy, it would be equally delicious with some organic plain yogurt.
Remember, there are plenty more great gift ideas to be had over at Tasty Eats at Home! Find a delicious treat to give away this season or link up your own ideas. If you’re just joining us for A Gluten-Free Holiday, here’s a recap of the past two weeks:
- Week One: Healthier Through the Holidays at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free
- Week Two: Thanksgiving Favorites at Cook It Allergy Free
Check out these other great gluten-free gift ideas, too:
- Roasted Almond Caramels from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free
- Chipotle Maple Mixed Nuts from Tasty Eats at Home
- Peanut Butter Cups from She Let Them Eat Cake
- Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallows from Cook It Allergy Free
- Edible Gifts Recipe Round-Up from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Grain-Free Cranberry Walnut Granola
Inspired by this recipe from The Spunky Coconut
Makes about 4 cups
1 ½ cups raw walnuts, roughly chopped
½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon honey or dark maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
20-25 drops liquid stevia
½ cup dried cranberries (preferably fruit juice-sweetened)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, almonds, coconut, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, honey, flaxseed, and stevia. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.
Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes with a spatula, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries. Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.