The past few Mondays I’ve gone crazy with Christmas side dish recipes – Fragrant Christmas Cabbage, Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes or Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce, anyone? – so now I’m spicing it up with some Christmas breakfast recipes! Well, I’ve only got the idea for this one breakfast recipe so far, but I’m hoping ideas for Christmas breakfast recipes are going to start snowballing from here on out.
I know mince pies really aren’t big in the US – or anywhere other than the UK, I think – but I really don’t see why not. Although the name might be a bit confusing – mince pies are sweet dessert pies, not savoury ground meat pies – but they taste beyond amazing and really are the epitome of Christmas baking. I always used to say I hated mincemeat, but since I began baking mince pies every Christmas a few years ago, I find myself sneaking some from the jar every time I go to the fridge!
My Official Treat Taster adores mince pies and will happily eat a plateful of them for breakfast on Christmas morning, which is where the idea for this granola came in. Mincemeat is wet, sticky and sweet, which makes it the perfect base for granola! Simply stir a jar of the stuff with some oats and Rice Krispies and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes and you have the most wonderful smelling breakfast ready for the next morning – it really is that simple!
Although it’s customary to eat granola with cold milk for breakfast in the morning, try it with hot milk for a treat on Christmas Day morning – it will taste more like dessert than breakfast! Or better yet, if you’ve got a fancy coffee machine with a milk frother, heat the milk and make it all frothy before stirring in your granola. Sounds a bit ridiculous, but Christmas Day is all about fun, right?
Do you have a go-to Christmas breakfast recipe that you never stray from or are you planning on trying something new this year?
Mince Pie Granola
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 1 jar mincemeat
- Preheat the oven to 160C/320F and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a non-stick mat.
- Stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined and then spread out on the lined baking tray.
- Bake in the preheated oven for around 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden and crunchy.
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