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Cinnamon, nuts and fruit granola

Sunday, January 11th, 2009


For xmas I decided to give away homemade gifts. Not only because I was poor and couldn’t afford buying amazing gifts but also because I thought it’s something everyone will appreciate. All of my friends and family got the same gifts (to make my life easier); a jar of vanilla sugar, a box of three different truffles and this amazing granola.

I’m not going to lie and say this granola is healthy, bla bla bla.. It isn’t! But it does have a few redeeming factors, like the fact that it has sesame seeds and flax seeds. And that 1/3 of my rolled oats are the extra fibre kind with oat bran and wheat bran in it. And aren’t nuts supposed to be health food anyway? What about fruit? I could eat this every day for breakfast, with just some plain soygurt and possibly some berries.  Yum!

Cinnamon, nuts and fruit granola:

  • 2 cups extra fibre rolled oats (or 2 cups oats + 1 tbsp oat bran & 1 tbsp wheat bran)
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (I like hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, figs, papaya…)
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds

Preheat oven to 300F. In a big bowl, mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, nuts, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, stir together oil and syrup until combined. Add vanilla extract.  Pout the oil mixture over the oats and stir it well so everything gets well coated. Lightly oil a big baking tray and spread the oat mixture in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes the granola needs to be stirred. Fold it over so it bakes evenly. Take the granola out and let it cool. Add in chopped dried fruit and flax seeds and store in airtight jars. Makes a ton! (Or about 8-9 cups).

This recipe in Swedish:  Müsli med nötter och frukt


Handmade for xmas!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

xmas murloc

I mentioned that we’re moving soon in my previous post. Of course, this means we won’t have much money, or time. Because of this I decided that this year we’re making home made, cheap gifts for all my friends and family. I can’t tell you exactly what I’m going to make because my friends read this blog,  but seeing how I’m a foodie it’ll probably go that direction.

There are so many talented people out there, making gorgeous things. I thought I’d put together a short list of nice and simple things you can make as gifts and give away.

I love xmas and gift giving. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Anni and Heikki at Tofu for Two made a type of cookie mix last year
  • .. and the latest number of Elle Mat och Vin had a suggestion for a cookie mix that you just mix with melted margarine and golden syrup packaged in a lovely jar.
  • Make a box of truffles! Maybe these? My favourite is chocolate and orange, like these. (I use soycreamer or coconut milk/cream) Or raspberry (these are extra fancy).
  • Make some nice crisp bread and give away. These recipes with sunflower seeds or caraway that I found over at Anne’s Food might be nice. Use half a sachet of dry yeast instead of fresh if you can’t find it.
  • A jar of marmalade is never wrong. And seeing how Christmas season is also citrus season you should definitely use your favourite citrus marmalade recipe and make a bunch of jars.
  • .. or you could make cheezy crackers and give away. Make a triple batch because it’s very likely you’ll eat a lot of them. Celine at Have Cake Will Travel made these!
  • Not food related, but easy and awesome are these tissue holders. Make a bunch!
  • Or  make your own pretty hairsticks to give away to those long haired ladies (and guys!).
  • You could make these cute little accordion books and fill them with poetry, or recipes, or leave them blank.
  • Or if you’re a baker, make a loaf of nice sourdough bread, wrap it in a tea towel and tie a nice ribbon around it.

What are some of your suggestions? Give me links, or just a nice comment.

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