Orange Blossom Granola for Mum

May 14, 2012

My mum is not really a breakfast gal. She’ll have a small amount of muesli and yoghurt maybe. Or a slice of toast with vegemite. She won’t say no to a good brunch on the weekend, with eggs and a little bacon. But is she the type of person for whom breakfast is sole the reason they rise from bed? No, that’s not my mum.

What she’d really love in the morning is a big slab of pate on some ciabatta, but she knows that it’s not really the most wholesome of breakfasts, now is it? Rather, mum will pick a little at something and then graze throughout the day. I think this grazing strategy is what helps her to dart energetically from task to task (her energy never ceases to amaze me). During the working week mum will fuel herself on seeds and fruit almost every hour before her lunch break, where she’ll invariably ordering a strong skinny latte along with a bite from one of out two favourite cafes in Mornington. It might be agnolotti or a panini with fresh ingredients. Sometimes a slice of frittata. She eats well, she’s got class.

So now you know about my mother’s intimate food habits (sorry mum…) I can explain my gift to her for mothers day in context. I had already bought us two tickets to a Macaron making class, which we’ll go to soon – that’s the main present. But in addition I wanted something crafted, something special. Something more. Mum’s been particularly amazing this past year, having played a key role in our Wedding – from the planning, to making the cakes, to sourcing absolutely everything. Not to mention throwing multiple parties and being a pillar of strength and support. I’m not surprised by her brilliance, it’s not out of character at all. Rather I simply want to express how much I appreciate it, how lucky I am. Because I really am.

So I designed this recipe to suit mum’s tastes. Knowing she’s not a real breakfast person, I worked to entice her senses and exploit her food weaknesses. I sound a little evil, don’t I? Well it was kind of a mission. And I think I succeeded. The recipe uses three kinds of toasted nuts, exotic dried fruit, spice and orange blossom. Plus butter and sugar. See? It’s the real deal. Supremely elegant, ballsy, beautiful, unique and energetic. Just like my mum.

Orange Blossom Granola for Mum

Adapted from Tony Tahhan‘s Date and Almond Granola 


2 cups Rolled Oats
1/4 cup Pistachios (shelled and unsalted)
1/2 cup Almonds, roughly chopped in half
1/2 cup Pecans, roughly chopped into chunks
1/4 cup Shredded Coconut
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
A pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
2 tablespoons Honey
1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Water
1.4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Dates, chopped (dried or fresh)
1/2 cup Figs, dried but juicy


1. Preheat the oven to 150 Degrees Celsius and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Stir.
3. In a small heavy-based saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add the honey and orange blossom water and stir until smooth.
4. Add the butter mixture to the dry mixture and stir, ensuring everything is well coated and the sugar is distributed evenly.
5. Pour the mixture onto the baking tray and spread out evenly.
6. Bake in the oven for ~30 minutes until golden and toasty. Give the mixture a stir every 10 minutes.
7. Take the granola out from the oven and add the dried fruit, stirring to incorporate. Leave to cool completely.

I find this granola to be especially delicious when consumed with milk, rather than yoghurt. I feel the flavours come through best this way. But…whatever floats your boat. Mum likes to eat hers by the handful, before darting off to finish some supermum task.

Happy Mothers Day, Mum.

Heidi xo


  • Anh May 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

    what a nice post Heidi! I am so interested in this lovely recipe too. Orange blossom must be awesome here.

  • xoCATox May 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    What a super gift!

    I bet she leaps out of bed in the mornings for breakfast now! 😉

  • Nic@diningwithastud May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Haha pate for brekkie? Your mum is my kinda lady 😀

  • Ames May 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Just beautiful, Heidi as always :). I'm sure your mum loved the gift!

  • Lisa May 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I fed my Mum muesli for mother's day! And gave her a voucher to have her ovens cleaned. You can tell we are daughters of women who love to cook. Such a gorgeous gift Heidi, your Mum must love it.

    On another note, I'm on the search for a snack to take to a dance camp to feed some friends which ideally is low protein, low sugar (treat as per diabetic), dairy free, high calorie. If it was also egg, nut and gluten free that would be awesome – is air high calorie? I'm thinking some kind of date ball, but if you have a suggestion please let me know.

  • Heidi May 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Anh – thank you 🙂 it is rather lovely.

    Cat – hehe maybe 😉

    Nic – it's one of the only things we don't agree on 😉

    Ames – thank you!

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi May 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks, lovely! ok hmmmm why low protein? yes air might be appropriate 😛 dates aren't low sugar, but they're a low GI sugar, which is great. Dates are fantastic for energy pre-working out. Honestly I think you'll struggle to get many more ideas!! You could try a small portion of nuts – hazelnuts, for example being on the lower end of protein as far as nuts go, and high calorie. Why so many strict diet requirements – many people with intolerances to make happy? xo

  • Kari May 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Aww, what a beautiful post – and recipe. I'm sure she did appreciate it!

  • Hannah May 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I just love, I just love, how the closeness of your family, and the joy you take in spending time with each other, mimics that of my own. Granola is something I make for my Dad as my Mum is a toast-with-jam or cruskits-with-hummus breakfast girl, BUT there's always been a special dish I make for mum for lunch and sometimes dinner – my super creamy eggs on toast with vegemite. I made it for her for Mother's Day lunch, actually (we did our fancy lunch on Saturday). Ooops, I made this post about me! I'm sorry!

    Happy Mother's Day to your wonderful Mum! She certainly helped create a wonderful daughter 🙂

  • Hannah May 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Beautiful post- my mum loves it when I make granola, although she tends to sprinkle it over her weetbix/muesli combo. I made some granola today in fact, timed well after I read this post, and added some cinnamon and cardamon, yum! Didn't have fancy nuts apart from walnuts though, or figs! Next time I shall add some orange blossom water, it sounds delightful 🙂

  • KittyCate May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This looks wonderful Heids, love the idea of adding the orange blossom water!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Aren't you nice making this for your mum for Mother's Day! It sounds absolutely delicious Heidi!

  • hannah May 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Yum, this looks so delicious. I want to try and hack this for my diet – orange blossom sounds like the perfect breakfast flavour to me.

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

    What an amazing daughter you are! Nothing is better than a personalised present 🙂 x

  • Leah May 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This sounds amazing Heidi. Happy Mothers Day to your mumma. SHe sounds just as wonderful as mine, so I know how very lucky you are 🙂

  • Heidi May 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Kari – thank you 🙂

    Hannah – awe thanks, lady. Your mum is clearly fabulous too 😉 "super creamy eggs on toast with vegemite" – blowing my mind…

    Hannah – it just adds that exotic twist, you'll love it 🙂

    Cate – thanks, lovely!

    Lorraine – thanks, Lorraine, hope you had/are having a great trip!

    Hannah – it's really lovely 🙂

    Michele – agreed 😉

    Leah – aren't we so lucky!!! Hope your day was gorgeous, mumma 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef May 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

    So delicious indeed Heidi! Such a nice way to honor your Mum 🙂 I just bought some orange Blossom water yesterday, how handy!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Oh oh oh this looks delicious! I love all types of breakfast food but one of my favourite would have to be Granola with some yummy thick and creamy yoghurt 🙂 Where did you get the orange blossom? I wanna give this recipe a go too 😀

  • Louise November 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    God that looks good!

    Louise x

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