Big batch nutty crunchy granola is extremely easy to make. A lot of people don't realize this. It is highly customizable and can range from four ingredients to ten or more. You can eat it with milk, yogurt or just snack on it right out of the jar. If you store it in glass jars it will stay fresh for weeks.
The Origin of my Big Batch Nutty Crunchy Granola
When we used to have our large Christmas gatherings, it was tough to figure out a small something to give my relatives I don't see too often. Then I started experimenting with granola making. It was perfect! Make a large batch, fill wide-mouth pint mason jars and distribute to the family. I got a lot of great reviews on that granola! It comes in handy too if you're doing a gift swap at your job or you want to give a little something to your neighbors. And if the granola didn't feel like enough, I would add a box of locally made chocolates too. Or some other little tasty treat.
Big Batch Granola: the Nuts & Jars of it All
My version is a nutty granola. I love nuts. And I love nuts in my granola. In this recipe, I use cashews, sunflower seeds, pepitas and pecans. Confession: I also bought sliced almonds which was supposed to go in this recipe and then I forgot to add them. This kind of granola can get a bit pricey. If you want to simplify, skip the expensive nuts like cashews and pecans. A granola with only sliced almonds is divine. Sunflower and sesame seeds are also a good, less expensive option.
For the mason jars, don't even bother trying to order on Amazon - they are sooo expensive for some reason. You can usually find these at your local supermarket, hardware store, Walmart or Target. If you are planning to make this around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, get your jars sooner rather than later. They will be hard to find the closer we get to Christmas. I typically use the wide-mouth, pint-sized jars for this. But I also use ½ pint jars when other treats are going in my goodie bags for my neighbors and family at Christmas. If you are not giving the granola away, just use whatever large jars you have on hand. Use what works for you!
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