I had a few lady friends over last night and I thought I would try something new and send them home with a party favor. I save ALL of my glass jars (pickles, salsas, pastas) so I have a ton on hand. Soak them in warm water, peel the label off and you have a perfectly good gifting vessel for the following granola recipe! This is the first time I have ever made granola and I will have to say it is easier than you'd imagine! Oh, and delicious! I will probably never purchase grocery store granola again. Feel free to add a cup of your favorite dried fruit to the recipe to add some color! To dress them up a bit, I cut out some lace fabric squares, set them over the top of the jar and screwed the lids on! 
Ingredients For Honey Vanilla Granola: 
  • 4 Cups Oats
  • 1 Cup Chopped Almonds
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP Salt 
  • 1/3 Cup Packed Brown Sugar 
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 TBSP Margarine or Butter, Melted

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients
  3. Mix well making sure to break up the bits of brown sugar
  4. Spread mixture evenly on to a non stick baking sheet
  5. Bake for approx 35min, tossing the mixture at least once halfway through
  6. Allow the granola to cool completely before handling and store in air tight containers