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Reindeer Food

Ali Rosen


  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Chef notes

    Santa always gets cookies, but what about his trusty reindeer? While a carrot on the plate might have been enough for generations past, social media-obsessed millennial parents have driven a rise in "reindeer food." It's usually an oat-based recipe that gets sprinkled on the lawn and comes with a magical poem to get kids extra excited for the arrival of Rudolph and co.

    Technique tip: Humans can also eat the reindeer food as a muesli for breakfast in milk or yogurt.


    Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

    Put the reindeer food into bags or jars and then sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve.