Give a Delicious Gift

Thanks to the wonderful interns from Georgia State who have been leading our monthly Grocery Store Tours. This month, they shared recipes for Healthyy and Delicious Treats. For those who didn’t get to attend the tour, here are two recipes:

Pretzel Kisses

1 bag of salted mini pretzel twists
102 bags of Hershey’s kisses

Preparation:
PReheat oven the 275 degrees. Place pretzels on baking sheet and top each one with a Hershey Kiss. Bake for exactly three minutes, remove from oven. Gently tap the top of each Kiss with a spoon until it flattens onto the pretzel.
Optional: top with colored sprinkles or M&M. Let cool until firm. Portion into brightly colored mini-gift bags and tie with ribbon. Calories: 33 per pretzel kiss.

Yuletide Granola

Yield: 3 cups (serving size 1/3 cup)

Ingredients
2 cups regular oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried currants
Cooking spray
1/4 cup dried cramberris
2Tablespoons sugar
5 Tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor; pulse ten times or until coarsely chopped. Combine oat mixture, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl; toss well. Spread out mixture on a baking sheet; bake at 325 degrees for  20  minutes or until lightly browned; stirring occasionally. Remove mixture from baking sheet; stir in currants.
3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray. Combine cranberries, sugar, molasses, canola oil and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook 4  minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Pour the cranberry mixture evenly over the oat mixture, tossing to coat. Spread the granola evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minute or until mixture is lightly browned. Remove granola from oven, and cool completely. Break into small  pieces. Store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or package and give to friends. Calories per serving: 214