Good-for-you granola

Good-for-you granola

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(112 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Makes 15 servings
Try this energy-boosting granola breakfast to start your day - it's good for you!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal259
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.02g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pill sirr-ip

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 2 tbsp honey
    Honey

    Honey

    huh-nee

    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 50g sunflower seed
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g flaked almond
  • 100g dried berries (find them in the baking aisle)
  • 50g coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
    Coconut

    Coconut

    koe-koe-nut

    A large hairy, brown nut that grows on the coconut tree, found throughout the world's…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.

  2. Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool. Serve with cold milk or yogurt. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

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Sglasscock
12th Mar, 2017
5.05
Ive made this recipe a few times and it comes out perfect every time! I add cranberries and blueberries and omit the vanilla essence. Contrary to other reviews, my granola cooked perfectly in the suggested time, I do think ovens vary a great deal which could be the reason for this. Although homemade granola is more expensive than shop bought, I highly recommend making it yourself so that you know exactly what goes into it without any nasties being added by manufacturers.
chicajules
5th Jan, 2017
5.05
I have been making this using this recipe for years. I do substitute the veg oil for coconut oil now and I leave out the coconut flakes. All in all it is a delicious recipe for granola with much less sugar than the sickly bought ones.
mtp1905
2nd Oct, 2016
5.05
I have been using this recipe for some time now. I started to leave out the berries in a effort to reduce the sugar. It saves around 4g of sugar per portion.
MaeveW
12th Apr, 2016
3.8
This seems incredibly high in sugar to be considered "healthy". I only used 40ml of maple syrup and added some cinnamon and a bit of extra veg oil instead; still tasted very sweet. Lovely flavours and nice for a treat but I wouldn't eat it every day.
saschlet
8th Apr, 2016
5.05
Just made this using sweet freedom instead of maple as I started making it before I realised I didn't have any maple! Left out nuts due to having none in. Just used raisins and diced dried apricot, pumpkin and sunflower and although it took at least 40 mins (poss due to sweet freedom), it has come out crunchy and yummy. Not in clusters but more like Dorset cereals' honey granola, which is really what I was after. Youpi! Will make again (even though it's quite ££!)!
emmaskipper
16th Mar, 2016
5.05
Simple but delicious, following suggestions on here I substituted vegetable oil for olive oil and maple syrup for agave nectar. I used a seed mix and also added pecans, banana chips some cinnamon and nutmeg. Baked it for ~15-20 mins more than recommended too so it was extra crunchy. I plan on having it with yoghurt and fresh fruit so didn't add any dried fruit this time but like the sound of dried cranberries and blueberries!! Yum
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Anna harvey-Chlubek
26th Feb, 2016
I've replaced 2/3 of syrup and honey for boiled and mashed dates and added some cinnamon, taste great!
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kathryndonna
31st Oct, 2015
3.8
I also find this takes longer to cook - twice as long for a lovely crunchy, toasty flavour that sticks together in clumps. I usually use a mix of sultanas/raisins/currants or whatever dried fruit I have in but still only add it 10 - 15 minutes before the end otherwise it goes too hard. It's a great recipe to vary the mix of fruit, add nuts too, use coconut oil for a change. It may cost a little more than ready made (although I'm not sure if you chose a good quality one anyway) but you know exactly what goes into it and no nasties so worth every penny and bit of effort.
andrew c
18th Oct, 2015
Excellent granola, which I make every weekend for the family. Couple of comments: - if like me you have a house full of teenage kids you'll need 2 or 3 times the quantities to last a week - cheap option it isn't at all, but to give the family a good start to the day well worth it - I find best for the dried fruit is a mix of blueberries, cranberries and cherries, topped up with raisins to keep the cost down - desiccated coconut kind of works at a pinch but well worth sourcing coconut flakes - stick with the quantity of maple syrup :) - maybe just my oven, but I find it takes a bit longer than given to get the right crunch
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Anthemys
20th Aug, 2015
5.05
Best ever granola! Replaced the sesame seeds with linseed and the dried berries with currants as I didn't have them in the cupboard! Cooked the 2 trays for about 25-30 min more than said in the recipe to make sure it was crunchy! It worked wonders and I am loving it! Makes servings of 50g and served with live yogurt and fresh fruit, it doesn't need any extra sugar or anything else!

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jlandk
2nd May, 2014
2.55
I notice that a comment later than mine has been approved indicating that these threads are being monitored, and yet you didn't allow my comment regarding soaking nuts and seeds? Why is that then?
heatherrellis
11th Feb, 2014
I'm allergic to nuts but simply added some brown linseeds (25g), and an extra 25g each of sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead of the nuts. I'm not a fan of overly sweet things so used all honey (cheapest store brand of clear) and added some cinnamon and about 35g of 60% good quality dark chocolate (just from Lidl). Added the chocolate and mixed fruit at the 2nd stage. It tastes wonderful and will certainly be a great treat in the mornings! The honey makes it clump less but worth it. Think I could add some bananas or strawberries with it when I have them in the house, but this is certainly a good fibre boost, gives a portion of fruit and a nice nut free breakfast!