Baking on a narrowboat named "One Thing After Another"
I love Christmas. So much so, that I haven’t got time to get all my Christmas recipes up on here before the big day as I’m too busy making them all and eating them all!
For a quick, festive recipe though, I thought I’d give you a recipe for a Christmas-themed granola. I know it doesn’t sound very Christmas-like, but seeing as most of us will be off at some point or another over Christmas, its a quick yet fantastic recipe to make a festive breakfast really special.
Let’s face it, breakfast is one of the less thought out meals over Christmas, but why? Personally, I think over Christmas, breakfast should be just as special as any other meal over the holiday and this is a good excuse to make it that little bit extra special! The cherries and cranberries in this recipe make it especially good, although you can add any dried fruit that you have to hand.
This is actually the best granola I’ve ever had and would never buy the over-priced supermaket versions these days. Not when this is so simple and easy to make, is really tasty and has an amazing crunch.
Leave it to cool completely on the baking trays once you’ve removed from the oven and don’t disturb it! If you leave it to cool completely before touching, you’ll be left with a fantastic knobbly granola that has stuck together in those addictive clumps….
Makes 10-12 Servings
1.Heat your oven to Gas Mark 3/170C.
2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and cinnamon or vanilla into a large bowl capable of holding all your other ingredients.
3. Into the bowl with the maple syrup mixture, add your oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and almonds. Do not add the dried fruit at this stage.
4. Divide the granola mixture amongst two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes.
5. After 15 minutes, remove the trays from the oven and mix in the glacé cherries, coconut and dried and bake for a further 15-25 mins. Check the granola regularly after 15 minutes, but cook until it is a nice golden brown colour and done to how you would like it. I left my last batch in the oven for just over 25mins – so it does vary. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking trays.
6. Once cool store in airtight containers.
Serve with milk or yogurt and add additional fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey if you like…
Adapted recipe. Original recipe from BBC Good Food.