Just like a billion other people who call this planet their home, I love Christmas. I’ll say it again, louder for the people at the back – I LOVE CHRISTMAS. The jolly atmosphere, the kitsch decorations in every shop, my home adorned in tinsel and ornaments, carols playing on an endless loop in my head, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, the lists of presents to buy, of food to be made, of toys I want from Father Christmas – Christmas is, undoubtedly, the most wonderful time of the year.
I love Christmas so much, I decided to add a pop of festivity to my morning meals in the form of homemade Christmas granola. Studded with red cranberries, green pistachios and white chocolate chunks, and sprinkled with cinnamon and ginger spice, this Christmas granola is a bowl of festive fun. Because what can be more festive than waking up and having red, green and white cereal for breakfast!
Not only is this Christmas granola pretty to look at it, but it’s super easy to make and has the most incredible sweet, spicy, crunchy taste. You start by making a granola base using oats, oil, syrup and spices, and baking it for 45 minutes. Then all that’s left to do is let it cool before adding the festive cheer (AKA cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate), and you’re done!
Christmas for breakfast, anyone?
Festive Christmas Granola
- ¼ cup cooking oil
- ¼ cup syrup
- 2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup pistachios
- ⅓ cup white chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper
Mix together oil and syrup until properly combined, and set aside. In a separate bowl, add oats and spices, and stir
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir well. Transfer the mixture to the baking tray and spread it out evenly, then bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
Once golden and crispy, allow the granola to cool completely, then add dried cranberries, pistachios and chocolate chunks. Mix well, then enjoy with a bowl of yoghurt or milk!