I’m not walking away from the holidays without a fight. We finally took our tree and decorations down last weekend. I always love decorating for the holidays but it flies by and then its a little disappointing once it is over.
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is gingerbread. I love gingerbread cookies. I love the spicy flavor. It evokes all of the aromas of the season for me.
I also love granola, but if you have ever looked at a nutrition label for most granolas you will find that they are loaded with fat and sugar. Don’t get me wrong, fat isn’t the culprit we once accused it of being. However, I don’t like starting the morning off with a cereal that is full of unnecessary fat and calories. I like to eat mindfully.
So I set about to make a granola that tastes like gingerbread but is also full of healthy fats and far less sugar. This recipe is full of fiber and antioxidant rich dried fruits.
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped)
1/2 cup dried cherries (chopped)
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon dark molasses
I tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon clove
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 250ºF. Combine butter, syrup, and molasses in a small bowl. Add oats to a large bowl and stir in the butter and syrup mixture. Add in fruit and nuts. Thoroughly stir in spices until well covered.
Place granola mix on a large baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to dry for at least one hour.
What is your favorite holiday flavor? Do you like granola?