There’s nothing quite like filling your home full of Christmasy spices at this time of year. Probably even more so right now, let’s face it, we all need something to look forward to after the year we’ve had.
So I’m kicking things off earlier than usual this year and getting in the Christmas spirit with all things edible. I actually made this for me because I needed a little lift this week, but then when I sat down to eat a bowl, it made me so happy I knew it was too good not to share.
It got me thinking. This year we’re all buying presents a lot more consciously, whether it be supporting local businesses, only buying necessary gifts, or reducing our plastic purchases. So why not gift homemade goodies? Usually the first thing that comes to mind is “I don’t have the time”, but perhaps it’s time to flip that around and spread some feel good sparkle and MAKE the time. It’s these gifts that leave a lasting smile on our friends faces, and feel so luxurious to receive. All you need is a simple Kilner jar – or an old jar jar will do – some red ribbon and a gift tag to tie around the neck of your jar.
This can be made even more luxurious by adding a handful of cranberries and currants in to the mix before it goes in to the oven, it depends where you are on the FODMAP reintroduction phase. I personally enjoy this as is, then add a handful of fresh berries to my bowl.
Filled with the wonderful aroma of Christmas spices, this grain free Nutola is perfect served alone or sprinkled on top of porridge or a bowl full of yogurt and served with a handful of redcurrants.
Christmas Spiced Nutola
FODMAP friendly, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, vegan
- 100g Walnuts
- 100g Pecans
- 100g Sunflower Seeds
- 100g Pumpkin Seeds
- 150g Maple Syrup
- 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp All Spice
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Orange or 2 Clementines, rind only
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and pre heat the oven to 160º Fan Assisted.
- Place the Walnuts, Pecans and Sunflower Seeds in a mini chopper and grind to break down to a coarse texture.
- Place in a mixing bowl with the Pumpkin Seeds.
- Place the Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil and spices in a small saucepan and gently stir and heat through until the coconut oil has melted.
- Combine the melted syrup with the nut and seed mixture and stir together.
- Place the combined mixture on to the lined baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Give the mixture a little mix, breaking the larger clumps in to smaller bute sized pieces and pop back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven, leave to cool and finely grate the orange or clementine rind on top.
- Place in a Kilner jar and enjoy Christmas deliciousness all week long.
This can be made even more luxurious by adding a handful of cranberries and currants in to the mix before it goes in to the oven.
Makes for the perfect homemade Christmas present. Simply add a red velvet ribbon and gift tag around the neck of your jar.