Panettone Granola

We packed, we moved, we unpacked. We lost our Christmas mood somewhere in between, maybe among some of the bags and suitcases.

We have had very little time for holiday gift lists and shopping, so I relied on homemade gifts. I made this granola for those in my family who like to eat cereals for breakfast. I wanted to make something special and different from what they could find in a normal food store – something that tasted like Christmas, a familiar flavour of the holidays.

I chose to make it with many of the ingredients found in Panettone, the traditional Italian Christmas cake: raisins, candied citrus peel, orange and vanilla. A good and healthier alternative to a slice of Panettone for breakfast during the holidays, but without giving up its lovely, warming and festive flavour.

Panettone Granola

This recipe makes for a rather healthy granola. You can always play with it and create every time a different combination of ingredients (different grains, dried fruits and nuts). For a more substantial result, use oil of your choice or butter instead of water. If you don’t have maple syrup you can always use honey or agave syrup.If you and orange blossoms water are not friends, feel free to leave it out.
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup rolled rye
1 cup rolled spelt
1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely  chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 tsp grounded cinnamon
4 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp water
1/8 tsp orange blossom water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup raisins 
1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel
grated zest of 1 orange

Preheat the oven to 180C/350°F. In a large bowl combine first nine ingredients and place on a baking sheet. In a smaller bowl, combine maple syrup, water, vanilla and orange blossom water. Drizzle on top of the grain mixture and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stir two or three times to avoid burning. Let the granola cool off before adding the dried fruit. Store it in a large jar or many small glass jars.



  1. la domestique December 22, 2011

    I think this is such a clever idea! Cereal can be so mundane, I love the thought of giving it a taste of the holidays. You are getting married on the 23rd? How exciting! Happy Christmas!

    • Valeria January 16, 2012

      thanks! I am answering backwards, so sily but oh well! This granola is quite tasty after the holidays, too, I have to say 🙂 I am still eating it, eheh 😛

  2. luby December 22, 2011

    ho già provveduto a fare vasetti-regalo ma questa me la segno per il futuro 😉

    • Valeria January 16, 2012

      Facci un pensierino per te medesima, non è poi così male come auto-regalo, anzi! 🙂

  3. Babs December 22, 2011

    mi sono innamorata di queste foto. è grave?
    cara valeria, ci rileggiamo vero per gli auguri?
    un bacino

    • Valeria January 16, 2012

      tu mi fai arrossire mia cara!

  4. l'albero della carambola December 23, 2011

    Dolcissimi auguri! Anch'io babs mi sono innamorata di queste foto!!! Spero non sia troppo grave…
    Complimenti davvero

    • Valeria January 16, 2012

      grazie mille Simona, un po' di crogiolamento nell'ego per stamattina ci sta 🙂

  5. meganelizabethgilbert December 23, 2011

    Hi Valeria! I'm a friend of Jesse and used to marvel at his granola recipes— I think he has some competition! This sounds and looks delicious. Congratulations on your engagement and it looks like you guys will make a great team. Hope to meet you sometime!
    Ciao, Megan GIlbert

    • Valeria January 16, 2012

      Hello Megan, thanks a lot for commenting! Jesse has been appreciating my granola and this might mean something, but you never know until you try..:) Ciao, baci


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