This Christmas is a particularly good one for homemade presents: most of us are feeling cash-strapped and, with a renewed focus on the planet, it is hard to justify much of the usual seasonal tat (I’ll pass on the Christmas jumper, thanks). Whatever your homemade fancy, food is a great option: it is a basic necessity, but can also be a luxury, especially when shared with friends. So, cocktail in hand and dressed in my 80s sparkle gear, I’ll be cooking my way to Christmas – starting with this granola.
Dark chocolate, orange and cranberry granola
Christmassy flavours abound in this crunchy, sweet granola: double up the recipe to make lots of beautifully wrapped jarfuls. It will stay crunchy for a few months in an air-tight container.
Prep 15 minCook 1 hrMakes 2 kg
2 tsp ground cinnamon2 tbsp cocoa powder1 tsp sea salt150ml olive oilJuice of 2 oranges (or 150ml orange juice)130ml maple syrup175g soft brown sugar500g rolled oats, preferably organic300g barley or jumbo oats150g pecans, roughly chopped 175g hazelnuts, roughly chopped150g pumpkin seeds150g sunflower seeds100g dried cranberries (or raisins)150g dried apricots, chopped
Heat the oven to 140C (120C fan)/275F/gas 1. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, cocoa, salt, oil, juice, maple syrup and sugar. Add the dry ingredients and stir to coat everything in the sticky stuff.