Monday, December 17, 2012

Chocolate Granola Wreath with Holly Buttercookies

It's the time of the year for giving again. Getting ready all those Christmas gifts does not necessary have to be such a long tedious chore. Sometimes, simple thoughtful gifts can also reflect your appreciation to your love ones. What better ways then baking up a batch of delicious homemade cookies? But besides the usual Christmas cookies or gingerbread man, what other fun delicious homemade goodies can you make? Well, I have a nice little idea to share with you all, much like the one I posted Chocolate Cornflake Wreath last year...but a healthier version, Chocolate Granola Wreath! :)
Okay, I know, but it sounds and look almost the same as last year, haha! But I guarantee you, this is equally delicious but much more wholesome! With the addition of rolled oats, it not only add on the wholesome goodness, it gives it that distinct texture (which I so love) and fragrant when you chew on it...delish!
In order to join in this month's Aspiring Bakers, I added the extra Christmas Holly butter cookies as part of the deco on the wreath. :) Why let a good post go to waste? Haha! Okay for the butter cookies, please kindly refer to the recipe here. Tint your cookie dough as desired and chill. Then merely use a paper template (self made) and cut out the cookies with a knife. 
You might just skip the step of making this granola and bake these holly butter cookies as a gift too! Not bad an idea too I think. ;) But anyways, who doesn't like a delicious granola to go with those buttery cookies? Lol! Here is my recipe for the granola:

Ingredients for Chocolate Granola Wreath (enough to make a 8"-10" ring)
120g bittersweet chocolate (I used 76% coco Lindt)
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup rice crispies ( I used Kellogg brand)
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup dried cherries / cranberries / raisins
  • In a heat proof bowl, place chocolate, honey and butter in. Either melt these ingredients over the double boiler or simply just microwave it. Mix well till combined.
  • Lay some plastic wrap over the tube pan you will be using. (I used a 10" bundt pan)
  • Stir the chocolate rice crispies, oats and dried fruit(if using) in and make sure all are coated.
  • Spoon mixture into a tube pan (I used an 10" bundt pan). 
  • Wrap the mixture up gently with the plastic wrap and chill in the fridge in the tube pan for at least an hour or freeze if you are bringing it to a dinner party. 
  • Once the chocolate has set, remove from pan and remove plastic wrap. Decorate at will with colorful ribbons!   
A close look at the granola....loads of texture and goodness. It has a wonderful crunch from the rice crispies, slight tartness from the dried fruits and chewiness from the oats. Best of all, a rich chocolaty taste. Yummy! Remember to use quality chocolate to make this...every bite counts(calories)!
Hope you folks like this recipe and will give it a try. It's really good! You can even try with peanut butter or even white chocolate to have a different variation to this. ;

I am happy to submit this post to this month's Aspiring Bakers #26 - Creative Christmas Motif Bakes! hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies.

Okay, hope you all have a good week ahead!


Unknown said...

Very presentable and I'm very happy of I received such great looking and healthy bakes. Nicely done! Like it!

Angie's Recipes said...

How creative and gorgeous! I simply adore this granola wreath.

Hankerie said...

Merry Xmas in advance :)

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

祝你圣诞快乐 :)

Unknown said...

wow how cute :) adorable christmas recipe

Veronica said...

Wonderful idea for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and family a happy Christmas!

Passionate About Baking said...

It's such a beautiful and wonderful idea and present! Thanks for sharing HBS!

Cynthia said...

So lovely.. thanks for sharing! Merry X'mas!

CaThY said...

pretty & yummy! :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Look festive and beautiful!

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

Your chocolate granola wreath is so pretty. This is better than those calorie laden cakes and biscuits!

lena said...

oh bee, i love granola wreath! this is really a great idea to give besides the usual christmas bakes! very nice! Merry christmas!

Zoe said...

Hi Bee,

Your cookies are so beautifully decorated. Nice to know that they are nice and healthy too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family :D


Lite Home Bake said...

Hi, lovely christmas bake! Love it to bits! Here's wishing you and your family a blessed christmas!