Gordon’s Christmas Muesli

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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, a recipe popped out at me that I thought would also make a great gift, which is Christmas Muesli.

It’s not an especially unique recipe, especially for Gordon Ramsay. Beef Wellington is typically associated with the Ramsay name. 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.

Here’s the recipe.

Christmas Muesli
Makes about 1.3 kg
printabe recipe at bottom

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…

 

 

43 thoughts on “Gordon’s Christmas Muesli

    • 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!

  1. 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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. :)

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