Gordon’s Christmas Muesli

I’m a big sucker for both Gordon Ramsay, and Christmas. Especially Christmas, but I really respect Gordon Ramsay.

Because he wasn’t well known in the U.S. until he exploded onto food television, many Americans weren’t aware that he’d had a long, tough, distinguished and successful culinary journey up to that point.

And he still is successful. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars.

Gordon, since we’re on a first-name basis, and Christmas are represented beautifully in a book called “Christmas with Gordon, published in 2010.”

I’ve bookmarked many recipes, and made a few since I first bought the book. But this year while looking through it I decided to make his Christmas Muesli.

It’s not an especially unique recipe, especially for Gordon Ramsay. But I’m excited to make the muesli as gifts.

It’s been many years since I made my own granola. It was so healthy, that only I would eat it. Lots of raw grains, rolled grains, toasted grains, toasted nuts, toasted seeds and no sugar. Yep, that’s why I was the only one who liked it.

But this recipe doesn’t contain lots of sugar. Instead there are an abundance of dried fruits. And, it’s also pretty.

Christmas Muesli
Makes about 1.3 kg
printable recipe below

400 g porridge oats
75g unsweetened desiccated coconut
100g skinned hazelnuts
100g skinned Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
100g soft light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
180ml water
120ml groundnut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
75g pitted dates, roughly chopped
75g dried apricots, roughly chopped
75g dried cranberries
50g crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.

Combine the oats, coconut, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, brown sugar, and ground spices in a large bowl. Mix well.

Whisk together the water, oil, vanilla and salt and then stir into the dry ingredients.

Spread the mixture out in two large, shallow roasting trays.

Toast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring and swapping the trays occasionally, until the muesli is golden and crisp, checking frequently towards the end.

Leave to cool.

Stir in the dried fruit and crystallized ginger.


Store in an airtight container.

I found some tall containers that would be perfect for the granola, and used a plastic baguette bag to line them.

Much prettier!


Enjoy with milk or any milk substitute, or plain yogurt. It’s honestly the best granola I’ve ever had! I’ve already made another batch…

 

 

By Published On: December 20th, 201743 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

43 Comments

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene December 20, 2017 at 6:57 AM - Reply

    Mimi, the granola looks wonderful. Merry Christmas hugs!

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 6:58 AM - Reply

      It was truly the best ever! I guess Gordon knows what he’s doing!! Thanks for the hugs. Merry Christmas!

  2. Travel Gourmet December 20, 2017 at 7:02 AM - Reply

    What a lovely idea for a foodie gift! And I like the Christmasy additions to the granola of cranberries, spices, etc. Have a great Christmas, Mimi! :) x

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 7:11 AM - Reply

      Thank you Kay! Hope yours is wonderful, and I know it will be!

  3. anotherfoodieblogger December 20, 2017 at 7:24 AM - Reply

    What a great Christmas food gift idea! So much better for you than all the cookies and such.

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 7:26 AM - Reply

      That’s certainly true! I’m just not a baker with German ancestry who feels compelled to make 12 kinds of cookies every Christmas!!! Besides, I’d eat them all. Merry Christmas, and may your food truck business be even more successful in 2018!

      • anotherfoodieblogger December 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM

        Thank you so much Mimi, I’m counting on it! :)

  4. gypsygurl64 December 20, 2017 at 8:14 AM - Reply

    Gordon Ramsay is my favorite!

  5. Jeff the Chef December 20, 2017 at 8:29 AM - Reply

    Do you buy skinned nuts, or do you skin them yourself, and if the latter, how? I find the tea towel method tedious and ineffective,

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Reply

      Exactly. And messy! I actually have been getting skinned hazelnuts from Nuts.com, and they’re wonderful. Fresh, and ready to be toasted!

  6. sallybr December 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    I only have one of his cookbooks, but love it… maybe I should investigate this one…

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM - Reply

      I’m not an expert on his cookbooks. I guess I watch him on Masterchef, plus I took a master class from him (online) and read his autobiography. Merry Christmas Sally!

  7. kitchenriffs December 20, 2017 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    I really need to read one of Ramsay’s cookbooks — for some reason I’ve never bought one. My loss, because the man is brilliant. This is such a great, seasonal recipe. Or really good any time! Thanks. And Happy Holidays!

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM - Reply

      I took his masterclass online, and it was wonderful. The two other GR cookbooks I have I purchased in London and they’re not published in the US so I can’t recommend them. Merry Christmas!

  8. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons December 20, 2017 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    For some reason my family has never gotten on the granola or even plain oatmeal track, but I love them both. Muesli is something that I always have for breakfast when traveling in Europe. This looks like a wonderful recipe, and healthy as well. I have pinned it for Christmas giving next year, when life is a little easier.

  9. Megala December 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM - Reply

    Delicious granola made with finest & wholesome ingredients !

  10. okiewinegirl2015 December 20, 2017 at 1:44 PM - Reply

    Chef Mimi, we love granola here. Grateful for any new recipe. Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!

  11. Greg Henry December 20, 2017 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    I used to see Gordon Ramsay quite often swiftly walking through the Dining Room and Lobby at The London West Hollywood (saying hello to anyone who caught his eye). It was a fun restaurant for a while. Even though I quit going I was sorta sad when it closed. I doubt they served Musli, but you never know. Merry Christmas. GREG

    • chef mimi December 20, 2017 at 6:21 PM - Reply

      Interesting! I’m so glad no one has come forward with sexual harassment accusations, cause I’d like to believe that he’s a good guy, and family-oriented. We’ll see. Merry Christmas!

  12. Lisa @ cheergerm December 21, 2017 at 12:41 AM - Reply

    Nice gift Mimi, Merry Christmas!

  13. Healthy World Cuisine December 21, 2017 at 8:04 AM - Reply

    Gordon is filled with energy. My boys love to watch him and then experiment in the kitchen so he has had a positive influence here. Holiday muesli sound s like the perfect energy for food to jump start your morning.

    • chef mimi December 21, 2017 at 9:09 AM - Reply

      That’s good to know! I think he loves working with kids, and his daughter has published a cookbook.

  14. Debbie Spivey December 21, 2017 at 9:08 AM - Reply

    Hi Mimi! I’d love to try this. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    • chef mimi December 21, 2017 at 9:09 AM - Reply

      Absolutely! I also included pistachios for a little color… Merry Christmas!

      • Debbie Spivey December 21, 2017 at 9:11 AM

        Great idea! Need some green!

  15. Kiki December 21, 2017 at 2:52 PM - Reply

    Great gift idea, and lovely labels, too!

    • chef mimi December 21, 2017 at 3:13 PM - Reply

      Thank you! Christmas gift from my girls!

  16. Susan (@savoringtime) December 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful granola recipe and loaded with goodies, just how I like it :)

    • chef mimi December 23, 2017 at 10:50 AM - Reply

      Thank you. It was superb! Merry Christmas!

  17. Karen December 25, 2017 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    What a lovely gift to receive…your friends will be very thankful. Merry Christmas.

  18. heather (delicious not gorgeous) December 26, 2017 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    oooh this granola sounds so tasty! anything with hazelnuts seems super decadent and special to me (:

  19. FrugalHausfrau December 27, 2017 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    It looks lovely! I’ve been guilty of making muesli and granola so healthy that only I would eat it, too! Well, at least I knew there’d be something left after my son cleaned me out! I like Ramsey, too. :)

  20. skd December 28, 2017 at 9:45 PM - Reply

    The granola looks amazing. And it is a wonderful gifting idea Mimi. Have a happy and healthy year ahead💖
    Ana

    • chef mimi December 29, 2017 at 12:50 PM - Reply

      Thank you Ana! Happy New Year!

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