Monday, 16 December 2013

Maple, Almond and Brazil Nut Granola with Cranberries any aspiring food writer will tell you, seeing your recipes in print is a thrilling and magical thing that can both make you feel rather special and a little nervous at the same time... thrilling for obvious reasons but nervous because it means that people will actually be able to make your recipes... of course being a food blogger, anyone can see and try my recipes but to actually have them in print is another story and so when InstantPrint asked if i'd like to be part of their Cook Club Campaign and have one of my recipes printed onto recipe cards to be part of a collection of Best British Bloggers, I of course was delighted... the only pre-requesite for being part of the club was that once we'd received the recipe box filled with recipes we'd cook one of them ourselves... naturally I chose my beloved chicken thighs as my recipe and I've chosen to cook this yummy granola by Karen from Lavender and Lovage...

the recipe cards come in this gorgeous metal recipe box

Lavender and Lovage Presents Maple, Almond, Pecan Granola with Blueberries
A decadent home-made breakfast cereal that is packed full of oats, nuts, seeds and fruit. Karen used organic and Fair Trade ingredients in this recipe and added some Canadian maple syrup as a treat in place of honey, although honey can be used. (I also had some Maple syrup) Karen also uses American dried organic wild blueberries, but i'm using cranberries for a little Christmas sparkle.

125mls maple syrup (or honey if preferred)
25g Demerara sugar
30mls rapeseed oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
400g jumbo oats
100g porridge oats
100g mixed seeds and grains (such as pumpkin, sesame or sunflower)
100g whole almonds
100g pecans (or walnuts or brazil nuts if preferred)
100g dried coconut flakes (not, desiccated coconut if possible, dried coconut flakes can be found in delicatessens and organic shops)
50g flaked almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt (I use Maldon)
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice (or ground cinnamon if you prefer)
150g dried cranberries 

Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Line two or three large roasting tins or trays with baking paper.

Pour the maple syrup or honey into a large bowl and then add the sugar, oil and vanilla extract. Mix well before adding the oats, mixed seeds, almonds - both whole and flaked, pecans or walnuts, coconut flakes, sea salt and mixed spice or cinnamon.

Mix all of the ingredients together - the best way is to use your hands - so that all of the dry ingredients are coated in the maple syrup and oil mixture.

Spoon the mixture over the paper lined roasting tins/trays so that is evenly spread and in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, making sure you check on it after 5 minutes and stir it well. You may also need to swap the trays around half way through baking too.

After 10 to 15 minutes, the granola should be a light golden brown - remove it from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding the dried blueberries and stirring them though to combine.

Decant the granola into airtight jars or tins, I used Kilner jars with rubber rings and use within 3 to 4 weeks.

i'd like to thank Karen from Lavender and Lovage for the recipe, a digital version of which can be found here on her blog... i'd also like to thank her for taking the photo's of the recipe cards and box as I had stupidly left my box at the cottage... Karen has cooked my chicken thighs and that blog post can be seen here...

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Your granola looks lush Dom and what great photos too! Thanks so much for making this recipe and I love the addition of cranberries for that "Christmas Sparkle" Karen

  2. I love this idea Dom. Congratulations.

  3. Oh, how incredibly cool that your recipe is now a recipe card!! Congratulations :) And what a great recipe to be highlighted too... LOVE homemade granola!!

  4. What a wonderful honor, Dom! Congrats to all the bloggers chosen to represent the 'best of Britain' !!!

  5. Looks lovely, I love granola, so healthy and filling x

  6. Well done Dom. How awesome is that. The cards look lovely as does the granola. I'll definitely have a go at making some after Christmas.

  7. Such a brilliant idea and the granola looks fab! I was drooling over your chicken thighs over at Karen's blog earlier today!

  8. Wow how exciting is this - to actually see all your own work "out there" in print. What a wonderful gift this would make.

  9. SUCH a fun idea! Everythign now happens virtually, I'm not complainign I mean heck when we blog we are pretty much just posting it up on the web- but love the very special act of seeign something physically in print, and then the idea of sharing it and passing it on (not simply dropping a blog link) to a friend. The granola looks fab- I must drop by to tell her so too :)

  10. What a lovely idea and so nice to see bloggers making other bloggers' recipes and putting their spin on them : )

  11. Philippine pili nuts from the Bicol region in the Philippines is a great Filipino or Philippines food or snack. Pili nuts are very healthy and nutritious indeed, being a source of energy, potassium and iron.They also have protein, dietary fiber / fibre, and calcium as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  I know they have no cholesterol, no trans fat, and the unsalted ones have no sodium. What is great about the pili nut snack or treat is that they are so crisp, rich, and delicious..


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