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Fruit, Ginger and Nut Granola

I love granola. This fruit, ginger and nut granola is absolutely delicious and so filling. After I had my son, I ate a lot of granola. I also ate copious amounts of chicken soup and sometimes toast. I didn’t really eat much else in those first 2 months after the birth. Mainly because my gran in law was always watching (she is a g and i’m a little bit scared of her) and she has her own theories on what a new mother should or should not eat.

Fruit -Ginger- and- Nut-Granola

Fruit -Ginger- and- Nut-GranolaI love grannies. I really do. I love how they can be so fly, so straight forward and so honest but behind all of that they have a genuine love and concern for your welfare. I am really lucky to have earned 2 new grannies through marriage and I love both of them. Both my grandmas have passed away and they lived so far away from us – I mean abroad not a few blocks away. I always, always felt that void especially when I saw the role grand parents played in other families. They are the bedrock, the central person, the boss, the warmth, the happiness, the laughter. They are the family. They are everything.

My little boy has asked me one gazillion questions today already. First he asked me how old the earth is. I’m telling you, if you want to know how little knowledge is in that brain of yours, have a child. His theory is that it is 20 years old. So I asked him how can it be possible that I am older then Earth? He moved that number up a few notches to 38. Then he started to talk about some rare breed of duck. Don’t ask. So I had to google search with him until we found the duck he was talking about. In the images he also spotted a swan. We then talked about swans for a little while. Later they are painting pumpkins. Tiny ones but ya know, it will keep them occupied for a little while and that sounds good to me. School holidays always start so well. Both parent and child are full of great intentions and ideas. It ends on a slightly different note (sometimes). The parent is star shaped on the floor somewhere in the house and the kids are covered in paint, glitter, snot and play doh. Or is that just at my house?

Anyway, I do hope you make a bucket load of this granola as I often do. It is awesome! 

Fruit, Ginger and Nut Granola

Ingredients

  • 400g rolled oats
  • 250g bran flakes
  • 250g mixed chopped nuts
  • 100g sesame seeds
  • 75g mixed seeds
  • 120g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 180g mixed dried fruit
  • 3 pieces stem ginger grated
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 75g honey
  • 25g golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to gas mark 2.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, bran flakes, nuts, seeds, sugar, salt, spices, fruit and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a small pan over a medium pan, warm the syrups, honey and vegetable oil until its all melted and mixed.
  4. Mix this into the dry ingredients.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. You can stir every 10-15 minutes but I don't because I like it a little clumpy.
  6. Cool completely and devour/jar.
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