What’s Christmas without a mince pie or ten? I know that nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like curling up on the sofa with a festive movie on the TV and a box of mincemeat filled butter crusts on my lap. What is it about these gorgeous Christmas flavours that fills you up with so much warmth and joy? It’s enough to make you want to eat them in every meal and make the most of the finite Christmas celebrations before it’s back to the reality of chilling Winter. I’ve been making this mince pie granola to spice up my breakfasts with a little more cheer and each bowl helps the day get off to such a starry start.
Created with all the best seasonal flavours – apple, orange, cinnamon, cranberries, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, maple – this mince pie granola recipe is a perfect way to fulfil your holiday cravings. If you cook these just right, you get beautiful granola clusters which are lovely to crunch although be warned; they are also incredibly addictive and you may just find yourself eating by the handful. This makes a great big batch, meaning there will be plenty to last you for the whole festive period, even if you’re a granola fiend who can’t be controlled like me. Enjoy for yourself or package up and give it as a thoughtful gift for your loved ones, there’s no end to the delight of this treat.
- 3 cups of oats
- 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1 cup of mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas and cranberries)
- 2 apples
- Juice and zest of 1 large orange
- 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 heaped tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- A pinch of salt
Pre-heat your oven to 160°C.
Chop your apples into chunks and place in a saucepan along with the cloves. Cover in boiling water and heat on the stovetop until soft. Then, drain the water and transfer the apples and cloves to a blender or nutribullet. Add the orange zest and juice, coconut oil, maple syrup and all the spice and blend until smooth. Place to one side.
Place the oats, pumpkin seeds and almonds in a bowl and mix so that everything is evenly distributed. Pour in the pureed fruit mixture and combine with the dry ingredients until everything is coated evenly.
Spread the granola evenly across a baking tray and place in the oven for 30 minutes, until golden and crispy. Stir once or twice half way through and keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn. Once finished, remove and allow to cool before mixing the dried fruit through.
Store in an airtight container and serve with your choice of yoghurt, milk (rice milk is my favourite pairing) or just eat straight from the jar. Enjoy!
Looking for more festive recipes? Why not try these cinnamon roll cookies?