Granola goes glam when stowed in a see-through container decked out with tinsel. Nuts, dried fruit and more make a crunchy mix for topping oatmeal or eating by the handful. Tie on mini holiday bulbs fancied up with a metallic paint. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
"THE CROWINING GLORY of my aunt's breakfast table was this delightful bowl of fresh fruit. The glorious colors provided the perfect accent to her antique dishes and white linen tablecloth. Bite-sized pieces of melon were prepared the night before, slightly sweetened with corn syrup, and chilled in the icebox. The other fruits were added just prior to serving, making this dish a light, colorful complement to our breakfast."
Skim milk turns this crunchy snack into a healthy breakfast cereal, while a dollop of low-fat yogurt makes it a delicious dessert. Try adding a little baking cocoa to the brown sugar for a flavor twist. Deborah Purdue of Freeland, Michigan.
"This sunny-colored medley smells so good while it cooks," says Page Alexander of Baldwin City, Kansas. "The cream cheese topping adds a touch of elegance to individual servings of the not-too-sweet fruit."
Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin turn convenient canned fruit into something special with cinnamon, cloves, rosemary and lemon juice. With its festive flavor, the sunny dish is perfect for a Christmas brunch.
"I combined several granola recipes to come up with this one," says Tracy Weakly from Aloha, Oregon of her crunchy cranberry-and-apricot-flavored treat. "For fun, vary the kinds of fruits and nuts. The possibilities are endless."
This fun granola mix can be enjoyed by the handful or as a topping on yogurt, pudding or ice cream. "My husband and I have 10 children, and I feel good about them eating this for breakfast or anytime," sys Robin McKenzie of Union City, Pennsylvania.