This Christmas have a family day with all the kiddies and adults and make some of your very own Homemade Reindeer Food.
Whether you make this before Christmas Eve or on Christmas Eve, this fun Christmas activity is sure to make your evening full of fun, laughter and excitement.
With this recipe, you can adopt and adapt the ingredients to fit your granola desire. It is sure to be a huge hit with Santa, Rudolf, Rudolf’s friends and even the kiddies themselves! With the combination of seeds, nuts, spices and dried fruits, even some added sweet treats, makes the perfect granola for all to enjoy!
Or if you want to do a recipe that is quick, easy and requires no baking at all read on for the alternative Reindeer Food recipe. This Reindeer food can then be packaged away into little bags ready for Rudolf and his friends or put into a kiddie’s Christmas Eve Box for them to put out.
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What You Need To Make Edible Reindeer Food
PLEASE NOTE: Now we don’t think we can stress this enough, but this recipe for Reindeer Food is not suitable for actual reindeer or animals as it contains ingredients that animals cannot and should not eat. This is a fun activity for the kids to do, leave out for the reindeer and Santa and then later eat as their snack or breakfast.
If you go to a reindeer farm to see reindeer, they will provide you with food that is suitable for the reindeer, so please don’t feed them this granola!
You Will Need:
Porridge oats 150g
Jumbo oats 150g
Mixed nuts 50g
Pumpkin seeds 25g
Sunflower seeds 25g
Golden caster sugar or brown sugar 50g
Sunflower oil 4tbsp
Golden syrup 2tbsp
Ground cinnamon 1/2tsp
Ground nutmeg 1/2tsp
Chopped cherries 100g
Chopped figs 100g
Chopped apricots 100g
Chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sprinkles and edible glitter – however much you desire!
This recipe is inspired by BBC GoodFoods Reindeer Food recipe. You can adapt and change it however you want, much like what we have done, we have taken inspiration from this recipe, changed and added a few things to make it more appealing and yummy for kids, reindeer and adults to enjoy.
You could even make this yourself for the kiddies so that they have breakfast on Christmas Day sorted and a little gift in their Christmas Eve box.
How To Make Reindeer Food
Preheat the oven to 140C/120C Fan/Gas mark 1. Put all the ingredients, except the cherries, apricots, figs and mixed sweetie treats (chocolate chips, sprinkles and edible glitter) into a large bowl. Stir and mix together well, then spread onto 2 baking trays evenly. Then put into the oven for 40 minutes to bake.
Once the granola has baked, take out of the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 15-20 minutes, or whenever it has cooled down. Once cooled, break the granola into small chunks (good cluster sized chunks) and put into a bowl. Add the chopped mixed fruits and mix together.
Then put the granola into a jar, though to add that magical and sweet touch to the granola, add in your chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sprinkles and edible glitter give it another good mix so it’s all combined! Spoon the granola mixture into a little paper packaging bag for Rudolf and his friends and tie it securely with a piece of ribbon. Don’t forget to add a little label to it addressed to Rudolf and his friends so Santa knows who it is for.
Put the remaining granola into a jar, ready for breakfast the next day – Christmas Day! This can then be dished out for the kiddies to have for breakfast or as a little snack when waiting for dinner or watching a film. It is best served with cold milk. Whether that is semi-skimmed, oat milk, almond milk or another other alternative milk.
Alternative Reindeer Food
If you are looking for a recipe that requires less effort and is fairly quick and simple. Then why not make reindeer food using just some oats, edible glitter, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Mix all these dried ingredients together, you can add some sunflower oil to it as a combiner for the ingredients if you desire. If not then you can leave the mixture as a dry mixture for the reindeer to enjoy.
Once again though, you can package up the mixture into paper bags and tie securely with some ribbon so none of the food goes to waste.
Most importantly have fun making it and seeing the excitement on the kiddies face when they leave Rudolf and his friends their food on Christmas Eve. Hopefully, this has inspired you to make your very own reindeer food this Christmas. Also, enjoy the yummy flavours of the granola if you do choose to make it yourself!