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December 8, 2014 / mintcustard

Christmas spiced granola.

Christmas spiced granola

Christmas spiced granola

Now, I’m not one to swerve the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on Christmas morning but I do like to have a healthy alternative on the other days. A yogurt just isn’t enough and I’m not a cereal person. I love a bagel but they are often snaffled up before I even get a look in. I want something special, something Christmassy and something that I could give as a gift. Christmas spiced granola fits that bill.

Ingredients for granola

Ingredients for granola

Christmas spiced granola

300g jumbo oats

100g flaked almonds

100g walnut pieces

75g cranberries (I had orange flavoured ones from Sainsburys)

50g coconut flakes

125 ml golden syrup

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

(you need two baking trays and a large bowl)

Granola cooling

Granola cooling

How to

  • Preheat the oven to 150c / gas 2
  • Pour the syrup, oil and spices into a bowl. Mix well.
  • Tip in the oats and nuts. Combine until coated equally.
  • Divide between the two trays and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Take out from the oven, toss on the tray with a spatula. Stir in the cranberries and coconut. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  • Cool on the trays stirring and loosening often to prevent the granola welding itself to the pan.
  • Once cold store in a tin, clip lock jar or pop into clear bags to give as a gift.

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