I’m back from a little blogging break with a recipe for crunchy cashew, cranberry and orange granola with warming cinnamon and ginger.
I haven’t made my own granola for a while, but it’s actually so easy do and always makes the house smell amazing! Plus, I like to make my own because I can control exactly how much sugar, nuts and add-ins to put in my granola!
This vegan orange, cashew and cranberry granola is perfect for Christmas. It's low sugar- sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.
I decided to make a festive inspired, low sugar granola after I attended Food Matters Live last week (where I gave a talk on “Healthy choices: why psychology and the brain play a vital role“). At the show I tried some yummy granola from Breakfast by Bella and Troo. They were made with natural ingredients and very tasty, but while I was eating them I was thinking that the granola that I make (e.g. strawberry shortcake granola or carob clusters) are equally as good!
This recipe is inspired by Christmas*, with spicy cinnamon and ginger, as well as festive coloured the red cranberries and green pumpkin seeds. The granola is sweetened with one tablespoon of maple syrup, dried cranberries and cinnamon. You can add in extra sweetener if you like, but you might have to adjust the cooking time to make sure that it is still crunchy.
*Is it okay to say the C-word yet?
This vegan orange, cashew and cranberry granola is perfect for Christmas. It's low sugar- sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.

 Orange, Cranberry & Cashew Low Sugar Granola Recipe

Ingredients
Serves 5
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  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unroasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries*
* I used ones sweetened with pineapple juice.
Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
2. Mix together the oats, spices, maple syrup and orange juice.
3. Spread out the oat mixture on a baking tray and cook for 7 minutes.
4. Mix the granola and scatter over the cashews. Cook for a further 7 minutes.
5. Once the granola has cooked use the special crunchy granola trick – turn off the oven and leave the door jar. Once the oven has cooled down (2+ hours) transfer the granola to an air tight jar.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a go. You could even give it as a gift in a mason jar with a festive ribbon.
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