If you live in Germany its time to accept that autumn is slowly saying goodbye and winter it on it’s way now. In my opinion summer can’t take long enough. It’s always a bit hard for me to accept the autumn slump and the beginning of long and cold nights. Nevertheless there are also many things that I love about the colder seasons: Cookies, hot tea, coloured leaves, warm socks, cosy movie nights, skiing, mulled wine, christmas with my family and… almond biscuit (speculaas)!
I actually don’t really get the concept of supermarkets full of christmas cookies in the middle of august (I mean who’s buying cinnamon stars during summer?) but meanwhile even I am ready for tasty christmas cookies! Maybe that‘s because it‘s already getting dark at 5p.m. or just because it‘s super cold in germany right now and I already drank my first glass of mulled wine, I don‘t know. In any case: It’s time to make some plans for all the delights I want to make this winter.
Let‘s start with this recipe. It‘s a winterly granola with almond biscuits, cinnamon and cardamom. As so often I wish I could send smells, there‘s no such thing as the smell of some granola in the oven. (My flat mate asked me if I baked some speculaas cake the last time I made some:))
Some of you might know that I changed my study to communication design. I’m really happy that I made this decision, even though I don’t even have half of the time I used to have last year to create new recipes. I’m trying my best to take time for all the things I want to try in the kitchen. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. If you’re struggling with the same problem: This recipe if for YOU! 🙂 In this case it’s also okay to use purchased speculaas instead of homemade one… Maybe there’s be a speculaas recipe soon, who know!
I love to top my porridge with some fruits and granola but you can also eat it with some milk or pure (watch out: danger of addiction! ;))
- 75g almonds
- 65g hazelnuts
- 150g oats
- 70g speculaas
- 2tbsp sunflower seeds
- 5-6tbsp agave syrup
- 4tbso coconut Oil
- 1tbsp cinnamon
- 1 dash of cardamom
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
- chop up hazelnuts, brake speculoos into small pieces and mix both with the other dry ingredients.
- Melt coconut oil and add all the other ingredients. Mix everything well!
- Pour the granola on a baking tray covered with baking paper and put it into the oven for 20-25minutes.
- After about 10 minutes stir everything to make sure that nothing gets burned. Repeat this for the rest of the time (every 3-5 minutes).
- If your granola starts to look gold-brown and crunchy and you kitchen starts to smell delicious it's time to take out the tray!
- Leave it to cool for about 15-20 minutes.