The Gift of the Christmas Granola

If you know me personally at all, you'll know that my mamma and I closer than most. On Monday morning I received the sweetest package, full to the brim of this beautiful granola, wrapped up with a humble yet beautiful blue & cream muslin ribbon, with a scroll listing the symbolism of each ingredient involved in this sweet gift. We try ever so hard to keep Christ at the center of our Christmas celebrations, and I was so in love with her idea, that I couldn't help but share it. I am so grateful for her talents and her creativity in making this part of our new family tradition. I've included the recipe & symbolism below, perfect for gift giving to those you love, decide to read it off for Christmas morning breakfast or choose to use it for an activity of some sorts.


for granola:

9 cups rolled oats
4 cups puffed millet
1 - 1 ½ cup macadamia nuts chopped into chunks
1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
2 Tablespoons Chia seeds
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1 cup coconut oil melted
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup of crasins
1 bag of white chocolate chips
½ -1 cup pretzel sticks broken

the method:

Preheat oven 250. Oil 2 large cookie sheets set aside
In a large mixer add oats, millet, flaked coconut, mix together.
While mixer is on, slowly add melted coconut oil, honey, chia, flax, cinnamon,  & vanilla. 
Turn off mixer, separate the granola between the two cookie sheets.
Place cookie sheets in preheated oven, cook for 10 minutes, rotate cookie sheets, bottom to top rack.
Cook another 10 minutes. Pull cookie sheets out sprinkle with chocolate chips place back into oven for 2-3 minutes. 
Remove from oven let cool completely.
Break granola in a large bowl.
Add, crasins and pretzels.
Place in an airtight container.
Store in fridge for maximum freshness. 

The Gift of the Christmas Granola

Blue & Cream Linen: Mary & Joseph

Matthew 1:20 "...behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."

Simple Jar: The Humble Place Where Christ Was Born

Luke 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

Oats: Animals

"At the focal point of all human history,...probably no other mortal watched — none but a poor young carpenter, a beautiful virgin mother, and silent stabled animals who had not the power to utter the sacredness they had seen." — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

White Chocolate Chips: Stars in the Sky of the Holy Night
1 White Chocolate Hershey's Kiss: Represents the noticeably new star. The star symbolic of the light of Christ. 
3 Nephi 1:21 "And it came to pass also that a new star did appear according to the word." As prophesied, a new light in the heavens confirmed that the Light of the World had been born.

Pretzel Sticks: Staff of Shepherds
Humble shepherds were among the first to know that the Messiah had come. (See Luke 2:10-11)

Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla: Gifts from the Wise Men
Matthew 2:11 "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

Chia & Flax Seeds: Seeds of Faith
Alma 32:28 "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed..."

Nuts: Fruit from the Tree of Life
A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed taken from a tree. 
1 Nephi 8:12 "And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit."

Red Cranberries: The Love of God
John 12:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

A special thanks to my mama, Justine Rylander of Lovin the Ridge for providing the recipe and words to, "The Gift of the Christmas Granola"

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