I’m aware that I might be gaining a few enemies by saying it, but I have to admit that I’ve never been crazy about granola. However (and here’s where I hope we can become friends again), Camille’s recipe has thankfully made a changed woman out of me… I’m obsessed with this stuff. And since everyone loves receiving sweetly packaged food, I love the idea of pouring your heart into a whopping batch of homemade granola, and scooping the treat into these Valentine’s-themed favor bags. Whether you’re making one for a special somebody or a dozen for your closest girlfriends, recipients won’t be disappointed to receive your heartfelt (and mouthwatering) gift. Keep reading for the recipe and instructions to create your own favor bags.

Craft Paper Bags

  • 3 1/2 x 6 3/4-inch brown paper bags
  • small hole punch
  • red and white kitchen twin
  1. Download template
  2. Format printer to print onto dimensions of brown paper bags, and print directly into bags.
  3. Fill with granola (see recipe below) and fold top of bag over about 1-inch. Punch two holes through the fold, and secure with kitchen twine.
Camille’s Granola
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 3/4 cups rolled oats (12 ounces)
  • 3 ounces finely grated unsweetened coconut (1 cup)
  • 6 ounces shelled raw pistachios (1 cup)
  • 6 ounces slivered almonds (1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 5 ounces dried apricots (1 cup)
  • 3 ounces golden raisins (1/2 cup)
  • 3 ounces chopped dried apple slices (1/2 cup)
  1. Preheat the oven to 275Β°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and bring to a simmer, stirring until the brown sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. In a very large bowl, toss the oats with the coconut, pistachios and almonds. Add the warm brown sugar mixture and stir to coat thoroughly. Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until golden.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, pour the orange juice over the dried fruit and let stand until plumped, about 1 hour.
  4. Drain the dried fruit, pressing to extract the liquid; discard the liquid. Stir the fruit into the granola and bake for 5 minutes. Let cool completely; the granola will crisp as it cools.

*photo’s by Hayden Spears

25 comments
  1. 1
    Molly | February 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This could not get any cuter! And the granola looks absolutely delicious! xo

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    GawgusThings | February 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Oh I love these favor bags – thanks so much for them template!

    Bon week-end πŸ™‚

    Emma x

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  3. 3
    In Snax In Cuisin - Cheria | February 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    These are just too adorable! Thanks for the great idea!

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  4. 4
    Alicia | February 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Are you kidding I love granola – and I usually make it myself too! ;)) These bags are adorable.

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  5. 5
    Will @ Bright.Bazaar | February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love the use of the baker’s twine!

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  6. 6
    Natalie | February 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    So clever and cute to boot! I love this!

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  7. 7
    Amy | February 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This is the cutest idea!

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    Bettina | February 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    The granola looks good and the bags look simple enough for me!

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    Gaby [The Vault Files] | February 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I would be the happiest person If I got this for Valentine’s, I’m a sucker for Granola, big time! Have a great weekend!

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  10. 10
    joannegarcia | February 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Ooooh granola! I’m excited now – I LOVE good granola πŸ™‚

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  11. 11
    Carli | February 4, 2012 at 4:35 am

    What a cute idea! The bags are so lovely!

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  12. 12
    CulinarilyCourtney | February 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Oooh, I love making granola. I always go for the typical cinnamon/apple/maple flavor, but I love your idea of putting golden raisins and pistachios together–very creative!

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  13. 13
    Damaris @KitchenCorners | February 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    We’re doing granola for Valentine’s day too! http://www.kitchencorners.com/2012/02/granola-for-valentines-day.html

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  14. 14
    jackiefo | February 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

    These are SO cute!

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  15. 15
    kim | February 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea!!!!!

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    Janice | February 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hey I just made the granola and my family is eating it up. I don’t think this batch is making it into the bags. It looks great in my glass container. I used craisins instead of apricots and it was great! Thanks

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  17. 17
    Connie | February 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Help! how much is in a stick of butter. I don’t have butter that comes in sticks.

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    • Camille Styles | February 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

      One stick of butter = 1/2 cup! πŸ™‚

      Reply
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