Warming Winter Granola
This warming winter granola is infused with a zesty flavour from the orange peel and a sense of comfort from the cinnamon. Mixed together with hearty oats, crunchy pumpkin seeds, chopped hazelnuts, sweet maple syrup, and sticky dates.
Granola is such a versatile food to make because it can be a breakfast, a snack or a dessert.
It’s also super easy to make, great for meal prep, and it's a great way to get hidden goodness into kids through the nuts and seeds in the recipe.
Have you tried this recipe? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Q. Can I use any type of oats?
A. I have used jumbo oats and rolled oats to make our granola recipe and both turned out great.
Q. How do I get bigger clumps in the granola?
A. There are three ways,
- Push the granola mixture down more to pack it in together before it goes in the oven and at the halfway point.
- Make sure its completely cool before you start to break it apart.
- When you break it up be careful to not break the granola up too much.
Make sure you really pack that mixture down when you put the mixture in the tray and at the halfway point. This will help the granola stick together in clumps and get extra crispy.
If you're looking for a gluten free granola switch the oats out for gluten free oats instead.
You can substitute pretty much any part of this recipe apart from the oats! Add or change any nut, seed or dried fruit, or if you’re following a plant-based, dairy free or vegetarian diet you can switch the maple syrup out for honey.
Cooking with Kids
This is such a simple recipe that it's really easy to cook with kids. Depending on their age they could mix everything together in the mixing bowl, break up the granola once it cooled, or even make the whole thing!
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Zest of 1 orange
- Preheat the oven to 180c or 350f
- In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until the oats are completely covered.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spred the granola mixture out evenly.
- Push down on the granola with the back of a serving spoon to pack it in tightly
- Bake in the oven for 20-24 minutes, pulling the mixture out halfway through the cooking time to mix and push back down with a spatula.
- Once the cooking time on the granola is up it should have started turning golden brown on top. When you take it out of the oven leave it to cool for at least two hours before you use your hands to break it apart.