Christmas Granola

I’m not sure about you but my home is well and truly buzzing with Christmas cheer. We have trimmed our trees (we have two, one for mr three to go crazy with and decorate in his own style and then my more colour co-ordinated tree 🤣). We have filled the home with festive decor and we have shopped til we have dropped trying to find the perfect gift for everyone. Sometimes the perfect gift isn’t something you can buy but instead something you make from the heart. This Christmas granola is definitely one of those gifts. Its delicious, crunchy, smells divine and is literally Christmas on a spoon. Just perfect over some natural yoghurt too!

I am absolutely delighted to share this recipe with you all as it is part of a very special collaboration with one of my all time favourite products Brushwoods Oats and Olive Oil. As part of my role as recipe developer I get to work and develop recipes for some amazing companies that produce some wonderful products and Brushwoods is no exception. Their incredible products speak for themselves and I am so very excited to share the next delicious recipe in a series of recipes using Brushwoods products with you today.

“Brushwoods is a family operated Australian business bringing 100% Australian grown, processed and packaged products to you. They support local businesses and believe that reconnecting with food is important to the health of all Australians. Historically, the vast majority of people were either farmers themselves or knew many farmers, food was sourced directly from the grower and a true of appreciation of real food prevailed. By bringing Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Freshly Rolled Oats to the market they want people to experience fresh and real food that is natural and healthy. Brushwoods products will always be fresh and real. With no preservatives, no additives and no sneaky marketing ploys, you can be assured that you know exactly what you are buying (either for your home or for your business). They want you to be reassured that ethical food production is as important to them as it is to you” (exert taken from Brushwoods website).

Their products can be purchased directly from their website or alternatively you can check their website for a list of stockists. The website is http://www.brushwoods.com.au/

Ingredients

Makes enough for 1 large jar or 2 smaller sized

1 cup brushwoods rolled oats

1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup macadamia halves

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (if you want to try it with olive oil, I did and thought the olive oil gave it a stronger olive oil flavour so in the end went with vegetable because it was milder and for breakfast but happy to do what you like)

1/4 cup goji berries

1/2 cup chopped dried apple

1/2 cup pecan nuts

Sprinkle of ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon

Method

Mix together the honey and oil and set aside

Grab a big bowl and add the oats, cranberries, coconut, macadamias and then add the honey oil mixture to this and mix really well.

Place on a large baking tray lined with baking paper and place in a preheated oven 150 degrees to slowly cook and go golden. Make sure you have spread your mixture all over the tray and it is as thin as you can get it.

At the 12 or 13 minute mark take the mixture out of the oven, mix well and spread evenly and thinly again and place back into oven to cook for another 10 minutes.

Check on your mix while it’s cooking as every oven varies and when it is golden (not necessarily crunchy as it goes harder when you cool it down) it’s ready. All up mine took 35 minutes as a guide but again every oven varies.

Now add the goji berries, chopped apples, pecans and mix well. Sprinkle with some nutmeg and cinnamon (amount up to you depending on your taste but as a guide I did about a teaspoon of cinnamon and half of nutmeg) and mix well to combine.

Its now ready and goes so nicely over some fresh vanilla or natural yoghurt for breakfast, perhaps on Christmas morning.

If you are giving this as a gift it looks beautifully displayed (and stores well too) in a glass jar with an air tight lid. Tie some ribbon around it and voila you have an easy and thoughtful gift for the person who has everything! Merry Christmas xx

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