Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leprechaun Granola

Looks like some of the wee leprechauns were at my house last night and ran off in such a hurry that their hats flew right off! :)
Aren't they cute?  So tiny.  I wish I could have caught a glimpse of one of the little lads! I knew I should have set a leprechaun trap! Sigh...maybe next year.
 My family has enjoyed this granola for many years!  It can easily be modified for any occasion, as you can see:)
I clipped the recipe from a magazine at least a decade ago.  I really don't remember where I found it, but I'm glad I did!

Fruit n' Honey Trail Mix  (I usually double the recipe)
3 1/2 cups raw oatmeal
3/4 cup whole peanuts(I used dry roasted)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups any combination of dried fruit (I used raisins, but then added green m&m's, and leprechaun hats(recipe below), chocolate chips, and mini marshmallow rainbows from Lucky Charms cereal.)

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the dried fruit/candy.  Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and bake it at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let it cool and stir in the dried fruit and candy. Break up any clumps and store granola in an airtight container.

Leprechaun Hats
36 mini marshmallows
18 mini oreos (separated so that each cookie makes two hats)
About 8 ounces of Wilton's green candy melts

Melt the chocolate as directed. For each hat: Dip a cookie into the chocolate and try to let the excess drip off.  Set on waxed paper flat side down.  Dip a marshmallow in the chocolate and let the excess drip off.  Place marshmallow on top, center of the cookie. Let dry. Optional:  If desired, use frosting (I used royal icing) to make a hat band and adhere a shamrock sprinkle while the hat band is still wet.  Makes 3 dozen mini leprechaun hats.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!



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33 comments:

  1. I'm tweeting this today at in my St. Paddy's day lineup! Too stinkin' cute!

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  2. Wow. I cannot even imagine how long all those tiny little hats took to make! They are too cute!!

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  3. Happy St. Paddy's Day! What a great idea and so different than your usual St. Paddy Day sweets! Love those hats!

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  4. Aaaah too cute! I'm in overload ;p. Happy St. Patty's Day, dear!

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  5. This is such a great idea for St Patty's Day! I love the little hats. Thanks for sharing your hard work with us.

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  6. Beautiful, and so so cute!!!
    Happy St. Paddy's Day Sue.

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  7. This is such a cute idea. You always come up with such and do-able ideas. The granola recipe looks good too.

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  8. awesome! i knew they'd make great st patty's day hats!!!! love it :)

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  9. Those hats are awfully cute and the granola sounds delicious. I'm green with envy :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Oh my gosh! Seriously??? Those are so stinkin' cute! I love the little hats! You are so clever!

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  11. Absolutely adorable!!!! I love this so much!

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  12. Those tiny little hats are just so cute. Sounds like a really fun idea.

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  13. those hats are genius! what a fantastic idea...and the granola is looking yummy too!

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  14. Super cute hats and yummy recipe, awesome idea.

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  15. How cute are those leprechaun hats! I want to put a few on a shelf just to look at. :)

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  16. Hehe I knew you'd do something absolutely adorable (I still love those cookies!) and this is a great treat to wake up to! :D

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  17. How cute ... I love the leprechaun hats!

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  18. Happy Belated Saint Patty's Day!! Love the snack and adorable leprechaun hat's. I would like to order a dozen for my pesky lil' buddies here at the house ;) xoxo

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  19. What a great idea! I love these!

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  20. Oh no way! Those little hats are too much! Definitely bookmarking for next year! Thanks for your comment on my blog and hopefully you can visit again soon!

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  21. What an adorably healthy little snack for St. Paddy's Day!

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  22. Ah! I wish I'd seen this before St. Patrick's day. Maybe next year I'll be more on the ball. Those hats are just too cute!

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  23. THESE ARE AMAZING! I wish I had picked this up before St. Patrick's DAy! I am definitely going to feature this idea next March!!!! p.s. granola is my favorite thing in the whole wide world. p.p.s. i think you are the most magical munchie creator in the world!

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  24. OMG! i tried these out a soon as i saw this, and they look fantastic! Your a common, non-baker savior! Even i could make these decently my first time! And i just cant get over how CUTE they are! Fantastic job~! ;)

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    1. I am so happy that they worked out so well for you! Thanks for letting me know:)

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  25. This is just adorable!!!!! I love the little leprechaun hats all mixed up with it!

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  26. Adorable and it sounds so good! I would be thrilled if you would share this at my Get Your Blarney On! linky party. It's all about celebrating St. Patrick's Day! http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/03/get-your-blarney-on-linky-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

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  27. Sue- I have been so out of the loop. But I just fell in love with these when I saw them on your facebook page today :) xoxo- K

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