Yes, you read that right. And trust me, it”s ridiculously delish.
We”ll get to the recipe in a second.
As a kid, I was ALL about the arts and crafts. When I was really little my mum and I would have colouring dates, complete with crayons, markers, coloured pencils and stacks of Disney princess colouring books. My Christmas lists included things like Crayola everything, play dough, an easel, finger paints, fabric paints, Lite Brite (which is still made today, believe it or not), Mr Sketch smelly markers, and stamping markers. I wasn”t just into things intended for crafting though – I”d make my mum save empty toilet paper rolls, tissue boxes and shoe boxes because he-LLOOOO, those things were MADE to be turned into dioramas!
Between the ages of about 8 and 11, my interests shifted over to coloured string (one can never have too many friendship bracelets), tiny beads (because if you”re going to have a bracelet, you might as well have a matching necklace, anklet and ring too), and that plastic lanyard stuff because let”s face it: If you didn”t have any sort of plastic keychains hanging off of your backpack, you were a nobody.
My birthday parties were held at ceramic painting studios. You know the ones where you paint a pre-made bowl, mug, platter etc, then they put it in a hot oven and make it nice and shiny? The number of items I”ve made in said studios is larger than I”d like to admit, and lucky for you guys who look at my food photographs, I”ve decided that white flatware is far more photogenic than my painted creations.
It”s been a very long time since my last visit to a ceramic studio, but deep down, the craft geek in me still exists. The fact that I chop up magazines each year and paste a bunch of images into a collage for my annual vision boards is perfect evidence of this, and you better believe the same is happening again for 2015. In a perfect world there would be a few more hours in my week to dedicate to some sort of creative endeavours, and I think the world would be a better place if everyone got their artsy fartsy juices flowing more regularly. Living in the age of Pinterest, we”ve got access to a bottomless pit of DIY ideas at our fingertips.
If you”re a keen pinner, you”ve likely noticed a ton of DIY Christmas present ideas floating around lately, and if not, I”ve got some links at the end of this post for you. This week”s featured recipe is a perfect fit for that category.
As hippie as this is going to sound, I think granola makes a fabulous DIY gift because it can be personalized for the friends that you”re giving it to. This one in particular caters to the peanut butter and chocolate lover (so ummmm…. everyone?) and is both gluten-free and vegan. The ingredients are simple, whole foods and I”m pretty sure you”ve already got most of them in your kitchen.
A quick note about the chocolate casino online chips: In my first batch of this, I figured adding a few chocolatey bits into the mix prior to baking might be a good idea. However, I don”t recommend it because they burnt quickly and this definitely affected the taste. For best results, hold off until the granola has cooled for 5-10 minute (I know, it”s not easy to wait!), then choc-ify until your heart”s content.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Ingredients (about 4 cups)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter – smooth or chunky
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand are a vegan option)
Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the oats, hemp seeds and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine.
Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir constantly until the mixture becomes smooth and runny.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl of oats and stir well, aiming to coat as many of the dry ingredients as possible. (Using your hands to mix can make this much easier.)
Spread the uncooked granola out onto the lined baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping at the half way mark to break up any large chunks. Check the granola closer to the end of the cooking time to ensure it isn”t burning. All ovens are different!
When ready, the granola will still be a bit soft. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. It will harden during this time.
Mix in the chocolate chips and store in an air-tight container.
If you”re looking for other DIY Christmas gift ideas, you might enjoy these:
- Vanilla Citrus and Ginger Grapefruit homemade body scrubs – via me!
- 51 Christmas Gifts in a Jar – via Craftaholics Anonymous
- 25 easy DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family (Slideshow) – via Craftriver
- 40 DIY gift basket ideas for Christmas – via Craftriver
- 101 DIY Christmas Gifts for Him – via The Dating Divas
- 24 delicious food gifts that will make everyone love you – via BuzzFeed
So tell me…
- Were you crafty as a kid? Would you consider yourself a creative person today?
- Are you making any DIY holiday gifts this year?