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The gift of granola

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  • Serve Maple Pecan Granola with Greek yogurt, honey and fruit garmish for any holiday gathering.

      Serve Maple Pecan Granola with Greek yogurt, honey and fruit garmish for any holiday gathering.
    Alicia Ross/Desperation Dinners

 
 

Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are heading into the biggest gift-giving season of the year, I want to share a treat that is as wonderful to distribute as it is to keep and enjoy at home. My Maple-Pecan Granola is an inexpensive treat to bake, package and give to anyone on your list. And you'll definitely want to make a couple extra batches for houseguests.

I love granola sprinkled on cooked oatmeal or cereal, by itself with fresh berries and milk, or stirred into my favorite yogurt.

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It's one of those items you can include in a breakfast buffet for guests that add a special touch to a usual spread. And later in the day, it makes an awesome ice cream topper.

When I want to get really fancy, I layer it with plain Greek yogurt, drizzle it with honey and top it with a fresh raspberry, as in today's serving suggestion.

I know what you're thinking -- why make my own granola when there are so many on the market?

Why not? It's so simple, and more importantly, it is way cheaper. You can even make a double batch and bake it at the same time by just alternating racks when you take the pans out to stir.

Tie up a cellophane bag with a brightly colored ribbon or use a Mason jar. Granola keeps at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to three weeks.

Serving suggestion: Layer 1 to 2 tablespoons Maple-Pecan Granola alternately with plain Greek yogurt in a decorative glass. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey and top with a fresh raspberry.

• Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross are co-authors of "Desperation Dinners!" Write them at Desperation Dinners, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or tellus@kitchenscoop.com. More at the Desperation Dinners website, kitchenscoop.com.

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