Christmas Cranberry Granola

The Christmas decorations are appearing around Hong Kong, M&S is full of festive food, and I’m making good progress with my Christmas shopping:  it’s time for some seasonal recipes to pop up!  Since the first time I made granola, I just can’t get enough of it.  This needn’t be limited to yuletide, but obviously the cranberries give it a little Christmas cheer.  It’s one of those recipes that Nigella suggests serving at sophisticated Christmas brunches, but I slurp in my pyjamas.  Who cares about glamour, anyway?

Christmas Cranberry Granola

From Nigella Christmas

Ingredients:

225g rolled oats

150g runny honey

1 tbsp sunflower oil

60g sunflower seeds

60g white sesame seeds

pinch of salt

30g natural almonds

30g flaked almonds

60g blanched almonds

50g soft light brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

125g dried cranberries

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 170C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.  Put all the ingredients except the cranberries into a large bowl.

2.  Mix together until everything is nicely sticky and spicy.

3.  Spread the mixture evenly onto the baking trays.

4.  Bake in the oven – Nigella suggests 40-50 minutes, but mine only needed twenty.  Halfway through, remove the trays from the oven, gently scoop up the mix with a spoon to try and turn everything upside down for a more even bake.

5.  When it’s done it’s still slightly sticky, so leave it to cool and harden – slide the baking paper onto a cool surface to speed this up.

6.  When it’s cooled, crumble the granola back into a mixing bowl and stir through the dried cranberries.

7.  Pack it into jars, and give it as a gift, serve it at a glamorous Christmas brunch, or scoff it in your pyjamas whilst watching rubbish tv.

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2 Responses to Christmas Cranberry Granola

  1. These granola makes me feel like the holiday is nearing! I love granola. And cranberries. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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