Ahh, homemade gifts are such a great idea until the time comes to actually make them. They usually end up being a whole lot more work than originally anticipated, but the finished result is much more fun than a store-bought gift (right?)! This year, I decided to try my hand at a homemade granola mixture, and I finally fulfilled my wish to use chalkboard paint by putting the mix in little chalkboard-painted tins.
Surprisingly enough, the granola was a cinch to make, but the tins proved to be a bit more difficult. I hate chalk, and being blessed as a left-hander, I smudge my hand across whatever I’m writing. Add to that the fact that I write very “up and down,” and I wound up with some seriously chipped chalkboard tins. Sorry, friends…it’s the thought that counts 😉 And at least the inside result was tasty! Maybe next year, I’ll stick with treat bags…
(Recipe adapted from Food Gifts magazine)
- 2 cups regular rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut (or more if you love coconut like me!)
- 1/2 cup dry-roasted sunflower kernels
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, sunflower kernels, wheat germ, and pumpkin seeds. In a small saucepan, stir together honey, bittersweet chocolate, and oil until chocolate is melted. Stir into oat mixture; spread into greased pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until light brown, stirring after 2o minutes. Cool completely. Stir in white and milk chocolate chips. Place in tins.
For tins, paint the outside of tins with at least two (three to four is best) coats of chalkboard paint. Decorate with white paint pen if desired. After completely dried, write on top of lid with chalk. Fill with granola.