Are you looking for a great way to spend less time in the mall, and more time in the comfort of your own kitchen this holiday season? If so, you need look no further. The homemade recipe listed here makes a festive and personal gift for all of your friends and neighbors. Part of the pleasure of receiving the gift is in the presentation, so use your imagination when wrapping. Items like unique jars and bottles, decorative Chinese food takeout boxes, or ornate bags all provide a perfect package. Be sure and add a few embellishments like raffia and ribbon to complete your holiday gift.


• ½ cup brown sugar
• ¼ cup molasses
• ¼ cup honey
• ¼ cup orange juice
• 3 Tbsp. oil or butter
• 1 Tbsp. orange zest
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• 3 cups old fashioned oats
• ½ cup pecans
• ½ cup almonds
• ½ cup shredded coconut
• ½ cup bran buds
• ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
• 1/8 cup flax seeds
• ½ cup dried cranberries
• ½ cup dried chopped apricots

Combine first seven ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly to make into a syrup. Preheat oven to 325°. In a separate bowl, combine next seven ingredients. Drizzle syrup over top and stir thoroughly. Place on a cookie sheet (cooking spray or parchment paper will prevent sticking) and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool and add fruit. Place mixture in an airtight container until ready to divide into gift bags. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to one month.