Christmas Oat Granola

Christmas Oat Granola

Christmas oat granola

If you follow me on Instagram on your smartphone and pop in to see what’s going on in stories behind my profile pic, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that I make a weekly batch of granola for the family.  With the holidays approaching and inspiration from a most welcome delivery to Paris of my favourite Scottish porridge oats from the mill at Hamlyns Scotland, I couldn’t resist turning festive with this Christmas Oat Granola. Incidentally, do check out the wealth of delicious recipes on their website. For oat lovers, you’re in for a treat!

French Pastry Chefs’ Rule About Sugar

Over the years of living in France, I’ve adored tasting all sorts of pastries and desserts; at first glance at this website and my patisserie books, it may look like I have a ridiculously sweet tooth but it couldn’t be further from the truth.  If you try a French tart, éclair, chocolate fondant, macaron, financier or even a simple chouquette from the best French patisseries, you’ll discover that that it’s not overly sweet.  I’ve learned the same rule from many top French pastry chefs. What’s their delicious secret?

There should be just enough sugar to bring out the flavours – too much sugar kills the recipe.

Christmas Oat Granola

As with my homemade maple granola, I always test until I’ve reduced the sugar to taste – and in this recipe there’s finally none needed. The natural sugars are deliciously sweet enough to start the day, coming from the maple syrup and the dried fruits.

To conjure up some festive flavours, I added warming spices, orange zest and special Christmassy nuts such as brazil and pecan nuts.  The orange zest may seem a lot, but the flavour calms down as it toasts in the oven, leaving just the right amount for a cosy, Christmas hint at breakfast time. And, ça va sans dire – it goes without saying – that you can enjoy this at any time of year!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but was kindly sent my favourite oats from Hamlyns of Scotland in return for this Christmas Oat Granola recipe.