Christmas Crunchy Granola


I haven't gotten much into the edible gifts thing, bah humbug and all that. Over Christmas I like to do as little cooking as possible as I go to my Mum and Dad's for dinner so I've managed to avoid doing the shopping and running to be stocked up for the epic meal. I do generally help with the cooking and always make potato croquettes and prawn cocktail, for so long now, it's just tradition. 

I like to have a little stockpile, hobbit stylie to nibble on; bread in the freezer, a cake fo some kind and anough granola on to chomp on during movies, for breakfast and ate night snacks or just to stick my hand into the jar whenever I fancy. 

Once you get used to making this you can add or take away what you like, use spelt flakes instead of oats, just don't add the fruit until it's all cooked and cooled. I'm going by handfull measurements as I've never measured anything. This version is sugar-free but you can add sugar if you want to. Use whatever you like or have, it would be fairly pricey to go out and buy everything especially to make this but I often have bits and bobs to fire together and make it. 

Get a large roasting tin

Preheat the oven to about 160degrees C

You will need some jumbo oatflakes, Flahavans are always good, I use about half a large packet of these

Throw them into the tin, add a hand-full each of sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts and brazils( all well priced in Lidl), some dessicated coconut and half teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger (optional of course) 

In a small pot melt together 6 tblsp runny honey, 4 tblsp butter but I use coconut oil and if using sugar add about 6 tblsp, melt everything togethr slowly until melted and combined. Pour over the granola stuff and mix everything with your hands. Stick it in the oven and toast it, taking it out after 20 mins to give a mix around, keep toasting for about an hour max, don't let it get too dark. Take out of the oven and allow to cool, break it up as it cools. When it's cold add some dried mixed fruits like cranberries and, if you like them raisins and stuff. Pack into jars for gifts or just heap into a storage container and keep it all to yourself.

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