Can’t believe it’s only 10 days till Christmas now! Time is flying, indeed. This year was extremely challenging for me, handling nutrition studies and hustling on various side projects, including Healthy Happened cookbook (which has been published last week and managed to reach Lithuania’s TOP13 already – I still need to pinch myself to believe it!!!) and trying to keep this website alive. This year taught me so many new things, including patience and letting go of the things that are out of my control, both of which always were a little struggle of mine. With all the happenings lately least did I expect was to get into the Christmas spirit this year, because hooo boy… the world is running so fast! It really seems I cannot keep up. BUT! I promised you that I will get Christmas organised (which I did), so here you go. I thought why not encourage you to give edible presents this year? Handmade and homemade presents are truly one of the most personal things you can do for the ones you love (especially when those are made with wholesome ingredients!). So today I am sharing with you one of my favorite Christmas granola recipes.
This Christmas granola is not only perfect as a gift, but I highly suggest you to have a batch at home, too. Loaded with fiber, protein, healthy fats, essential vitamins and mineral it makes a wonderful breakfast with some plant milk. I also really love topping my morning smoothies with granola for some crunchiness. Even keeping a little bag in your purse will be helpful to curb those mid-morning and afternoon hunger dips!
Inspire someone you love and give the gift of healthy inspiration this year. You will not just be passing on something delicious, but also planting a little seed of healthy inspiration and that is the best gift that lasts far beyond December.
CHRISTMAS GRANOLA GIFT JARS
Makes 4 cups / 1 liter (multiply ingredients as needed)
2 cups (200 g) rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
1 cup nuts (135 g) I used almonds and pecans
1 cup (60 g) coconut flakes
1/4 cup (35 g) sunflower seeds
1/4 cup (35 g) pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom
Pinch of ground cloves
Zest of one orange, optional
Add after baking:
1/3 cup dried fruit: cranberries, goji berries, mulberries (I added these), figs, dates, apricots (unsulphured), etc.
- Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a large baking tray with a parchment paper, set aside.
- If you are using orange zest in your granola then wash the orange and zest the entire rind.
- Add the nuts, oats (leave out a handful for the texture) and seeds to your food processor and pulse to roughly chop. If you don’t own a food processor, this can easily be done by hand. Simply chop nuts and seeds with a knife.
- Place the chopped nuts, oats and seeds in a large mixing bowl. Combine the coconut flakes, leftover handful of oats, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and, if using, orange zest. Pour in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well to coat.
- Spread out the mixture evenly onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check granola at 15-minute mark and then stir every 5 minutes. The granola is ready when it is golden and fragrant.
- Let granola to fully cool and mix in your favourite dried berries before storing.
- Store your Christmas granola it in a glass jar container and keep at room temperature for up to one month.
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