We served a granola and yogurt bar at our bridal shower brunch this weekend (for about the shower, check out this recap). Much to our delight, it was a quite a hit, which is lucky because we also made jars of homemade granola as party favors. Bridal shower favors can be tricky — you want to find something that works with your theme (ours was a boozy brunch with lots of beachy blues and greens) and you want it to be something people will actually enjoy.
This recipe comes from my boyfriend’s mother, a fabulous cook, who had tweaked a classic Ina Garten recipe.
Ingredients (Trader Joes is a great spot for these ingredients)
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups small diced dried apricots
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
- Mix together the oats, almond slivers, and shredded coconut oil.
- Whisk together honey and vegetable oil until it’s one (very sticky) consistency.
- Add the honey blend to the dry mixture. Using a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients until everything is lightly coated. (This takes a little longer than expected — no need to add more honey, just keep mixing.)
- Lay the coated oats, almonds, and coconuts on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix around the toasting ingredients every ten minutes or so while they are baking.
- While the other ingredients are toasting, dice up the dried apricot and then combine the dried fruit and cashews in a large bowl.
- Once the granola is golden brown (and smelling delicious) remove from the oven. Let the toasted ingredients cool completely, mixing them around every 10 minutes or so to keep the granola from sticking together.
- Combine everything together and mix thoroughly.
If you are putting the granola into jars. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
- Make sure your jars closely tightly. I found mine at Michaels.
- Simple ribbons make all the difference. I chose two prints (which we ended up using at lots of places throughout the shower) and tied them around the jars in simple knots. No glue necessary — that way people can reuse the jars for something else.
- A funnel makes jarring the granola much faster. Don’t have a funnel? A rolled piece of paper works just fine.