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Posted By Jessica "Su Good Sweets" On December 13, 2011 @ 10:00 am In Light Delights | No Comments
When I was little, my brother used to joke that a box of Christmas candy would probably go through so many regiftings that it’d make its way back to its original owner. I don’t think the candy was junk per se, but it carried an air of fatigue, that it was the 124th instance of unbridled sugar. Even when I give gifts, I wonder if the other person begrudgingly eats my stuff.
So this year, I decided to give something healthy yet festive. It also has a long shelf life, so you don’t have to eat it all now, though I hope you do. The idea came to me when I made a care package for a friend who’s spending the holidays abroad. If she couldn’t come here, I’d bring the holidays to her. This is my condensed version of Thanksgiving and Christmas: granola with spices, cranberries, and pecans.
The basic granola recipe  is from Alton Brown; I’ve dialed down the sugar and oil for my tastes, and you can create endless variations by adding your favorites fruits, nuts, and spices. For example, Alton’s original recipe calls for coconut, but I like to substitute flax seed or toasted okara  (leftover soy bean pulp from homemade soy milk).
Related Link: more edible holiday gifts 
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 basic granola recipe: http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/2005/06/grrrreat-granola/
 toasted okara: http://www.ellenskitchen.com/clearlight/okara/okara.html
 more edible holiday gifts: http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/tag/edible-gifts/
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