As many of your know from previous posts I am a huge granola fan! With the help of some of the top new wellbeing cookbooks, Honestly Healthy and Hemsley & Hemsley, I have tried and tested to find the healthiest option which still tastes absolutely delicious. For a lucky few I also get around to making extra batches for gifts and now many are asking for the recipe so here goes:
Oats - make sure they are organic, small or jumbo, whatever your personal preference
Nuts - again this is about preference, macadamia and pecan make for a sweeter more indulgent taste whilst pistachio and cashew more crunchy. In this Christmas granola I put all of them in and even a few pine nuts for a festive taste!
Seeds - throw in pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, as well as a bit of linseed and flaxseed.
Stir these all together in a nice big mixing bowl.
SUGAR! You need something to make the granola come together and bake in something mellow and sweet. Simmer a handful of dates, after taking out the pip, and then wizz to a paste with a handheld wizzer. Add to this a generous amount of melted Coconut Oil, we love the organic choices from Raw and Lucy Bee.
Mix all the nuts and seeds in this paste so that everything is fully coated and as this point you can add a little maple syrup for extra yummyness.
Lay baking paper inside an oven tray and tip out a thick layer of your mixture. If you make enough for two trays this should last a family two weeks. Heat at 180 for 5 mins, turn, and another 5 mins before turning almost off and letting the mixutre dry out completely for 25mins.
Tip your wonderful oaty, nutty mixture into Kilner jars and add in any dried fruits that you love. Dried mulberries, goji berries and raisins work so well, for Christmas add cranberries and chopped apricots and/or figs if the fancy takes you!
Enjoy in many ways, with fruit and yogurt, just with milk, on top of crumble......let me know of any other ways. Happy, healthy Christmas! xAmber