Gingerbread Granola…in Summer

December 17, 2014

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Winter tones in Summer. It’s fine. I can deal with warming spice, a hot mug of coffee and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Just as long as it’s not humid, right? I do not manage well in thick heat. I do, however, harbour an ability to uncompromisingly pursue my food cravings. And, friends, I needed this granola.

Yesterday morning, after drooling over lovely Dana‘s recipe on Monday night, I made a batch for Ben and I. Fresh from the oven with, oh, about fifteen minutes cooling time, and served by the handful atop of little bowls filled with yoghurt and milk, it was one of the loveliest breakfasts we’ve had in a while. Not so subtly spiced and just sweet enough, it felt terribly festive and appropriate for gift giving. This will be the recipe I make for Christmas presents this year.

Homemade gifts are my favourite. Bonus points if they’re edible. For a quick option, I encourage you to make your own vanilla extract (it’s a lot simpler than it sounds). Last year I got a bunch of little bottles, added a whole, split vanilla bean and filled them with rum. Done! (let your recipient know it should infuse for a few months before consuming). Homemade nut butter is another favourite, as is a personalised batch of muesli or granola. This year I’m going with granola. Gingerbread granola in Summer…somehow it feels right.

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Gingerbread Granola (recipe link)

Some recipe notes: I used olive oil in place of coconut oil, which will not be a surprise (read this post). I also doubled the spice content and certainly added ground cloves (freshly pounded in my mortar & pestle) – I do not feel the cloves are optional, I think they make it!! For the nuts, I only had whole almonds on hand so that is what I used. I also used raw sugar, and just a touch less than recommended.


Today for Wednesday Breakfast Club I had another bowl of gingerbread granola with yoghurt and milk. Coffee also, strong and black. For a fancy-pants breakfast, perhaps on Christmas morning, I think swapping the milk and yoghurt for rich, organic cream would be outrageously good and even more festive. It feels right.

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What did you have for breakfast today?


Heidi xo

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  • Sarah December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    The Twin tried this recipe out the other day for Christmas Treaties – We gave some Teresa Cutter Granola out last year which was a hit.
    I’m buying extra ingredients on the way home for some extra batches of this one for gifts. So tasty!! xx

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life December 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Sometimes you just have to put that air conditioning on high and pretend that you are somewhere cold; somewhere where baking dozens of cookies, or slaving over a batch of fudge on the stove is not crazy. When you get that craving for comfort of a particular kind, you just have to act upon it!
    I made granola for gifts last year, and this year it’s all about spiced roasted nuts 🙂 I will have to make this granola soon though because I just know Mum would love it. Anything Dana creates is amazing!
    My breakfast this morning was a large wedge of watermelon and some greek yoghurt. Post-run in this heat I don’t feel like much and I cannot get enough watermelon at the moment!
    Happy Wednesday Heidi.

  • Nicole- Champagne and Chips December 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This sounds so good! I’ve only just developed a taste for gingerbread (strange, I know) but now I’m snapping up the flavour whereever I can. Nice to have a healthy option 🙂

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