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Holiday Morning Granola

Kick back and watch the kids open gifts while you munch on this healthy and tasty treat. Make one batch of this crunchy granola for your family, and another to exchange at the Christmas party instead of fruitcake.

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time20 mins
  • Cook time1 hr
  • Serves6
  • Recommended HardwoodPecan


Honey1/2 cup
Brown Sugar1/2 cup
Butter1/2 cup, plus more as needed
Salt1 pinch
Vanilla2 tsp.
Ground Cinnamon2 tsp.
Almond Extract1/2 tsp.
Old-Fashioned Oats5 cups
Raw unsalted Sunflower Seeds1 cup
Toasted Wheat Germ1/2 cup
Toasted Walnuts, Almonds, or Pecans, coarsely chopped1 cup
Dried Coconut Flakes1 cup
Dried fruit, such as Cherries, Raisins, Cranberries, Blueberries, Pineapple, etc.2 cups


Combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, and almond extract. Let cool slightly. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a rimmed baking sheet. Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and nuts in a large mixing bowl.

Pour the warm syrup over the oat mixture. Butter your hands and mix well. Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 300F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bake the granola until lightly browned, about 1 hour. Let cool, then break into chunks in a large mixing bowl.

Stir in the coconut and dried fruit. Store in an airtight container

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time20 mins
  • Cook time1 hr
  • Serves6
  • Recommended HardwoodPecan

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