Merry granola

Merry granola - close up

It was only a few months ago that I was still buying my granola in boxes.

I had never thought about making it myself, but it’s so easy! Plus, you know exactly what’s going in it. Plus, plus – you can tailor its taste to make a perfect homemade Christmas hamper gift. Here’s what you’ll need.

  1. A kiln jar. You’ll need to store your granola in something, and a kiln jar is super easy to tie a festive ribbon around.
  2. Some spices and a sweetener. I tend to use honey or maple syrup to sweeten – it gives the granola that lovely, sweet, sticky glaze. And for spices? It depends on your tastebuds really, but cinnamon is a staple granola spice for me.
  3. Rolled oats and a choice of nuts. Here, I used walnuts, pecans and almonds. I tend to use walnuts whenever I’m making granola. They’re easy to chop up and taste delicious when glazed in maple syrup.
  4. Dried fruit. Raisins are usually a must. Cranberries make a pretty good granola addition too. If you’re feeling festive, use dates like I did in this recipe.
Merry granola - top view

Could do with some smaller kiln jars… or doubling my granola quantities!

So, here it is, day eight of my 25 days of blogmas 2014 – my ‘Merry granola’ Christmas hamper addition. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, pecans and whole almonds (mixed)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dates
  • 1 tbsp cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Method

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (chop the nuts more finely beforehand if preferred). Add the coconut oil and maple syrup, and mix again.

Spread out the granola on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 160C for approx 12 mins, until the granola is glazed and golden brown.

Allow the granola to cool before storing away.