Last Friday evening I was listening to this song (a few times) to get in the Christmas mood. Of course the cinnamon, almond, walnut and chocolate aroma in the flat also helped me. So hello December! You’re more than welcome!
I brought you a breakfast recipe that is excellent choice for cold, misty winter mornings. It also can be a Christmas gift idea – I bet success will be guaranteed if you give this as a present. In the last couple of years I always gave homemade gifts for my family and friends. All the time they were amazed how much time, love and energy I put to make everything. I think homemade gifts in a jar are always perfect idea for gift giving. Add a ribbon, a nice tag, wrap it in a rustic paper and whoever gets it, he/she will be impressed.
Granola is a breakfast or snack food, consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey / maple, rice or agave syrup, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. Dried fruits, chocolate, coconut flakes are also can be added. See another sugar-free granola recipe on my blog.
Spicy Pumpkin Granola
(Recipe: Sara Forte – The Sprouted Kitchen)
– 2 cups rolled oats
– 1/3 cup pumpkin purée (home baked is the best)
– 1/2 cup walnut
– 1/4 cup maple syrup (rice and agave syrup can be used too)
– 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
– 2 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 160C (320F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a bowl mix together rolled oats, walnuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and salt. In another bowl mix together pumpkin purée, coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix all the ingredients together and spread the mixture evenly on to the baking tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown (half time turn everything around with a wooden spoon).
Add dried cranberries, let it cool before serving it with almond/oat/rice milk or store in an air-tight jar in the fridge for 7 days.