January 11, 2016

Spiced winter granola

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This winter spiced granola tastes a little bit like christmas, but more like a delicious bakery serving cinnamon buns by the bucket load. It is laden with ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, chewy dates and pine honey. 

I like my granola to be really, satisfyingly chewy so I put plenty of dates in this mix. Not only does it add sweetness, once baked these become deliciously chewy, making you take your time over breakfast, making it last longer and of course keeping you fuller.

Now, you can add pretty much whatever you like to your mix, really what ever you have left over in the cupboard - dried cranberries are brilliant, as are jumbo golden raisins or goji berries if you fancy a tangy bite and any chopped nuts you can get your hands on. I like brazils and hazelnuts in mine, but almonds, pecans or walnuts all do the job just as well.

For a large Kilner jar full (1.5ltr) you will need...

 250g of ordinary oats
250g of jumbo oats
200g chopped brazil nuts
150g of chopped hazelnuts
300g of chopped & pitted dates
2tsp ground ginger
2tsp cinnamon
1tsp allspice
3tbsp of honey (I use pine honey as I love the flavour but any tasty honey also works brilliantly)  
3tps good quality olive oil
pinch of sea salt

First pre heat your oven to 150C and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Next weigh out your oats, add in your spices, mix all of this together with your hands, add in your chopped dates (or any selection of dried fruit you have decided to add in), chopped nuts and salt, mix well.

Next mix your oil and honey together and add to the dry mix, mix well together with your hands until everything is suitably coated and then spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 mins at 150C, swoosh around with a couple of wooden spoons and then bake for a further 30 mins                                          

 Enjoy with hot berry compote and fresh tangy Greek yogurt for a reviving January breakfast!

Store in a kilner jar and take to work for breakfast on the go. (also great to dip in and out of for a snack to beat the afternoon slump)

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