Good-for-you granola

Good-for-you granola

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


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

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

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

  • 2 tbsp honey



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

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled oats
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 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



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


  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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Emma Killeen
10th May, 2020
Baffled by how much sugar this has... I started making my own granola in attempt to make it healthier than shop bought and I reduced the amount of syrup but unfortunately it wouldn’t clump together well. For my 3rd batch I followed the exact quantities only to later realise in horror it has TWICE the amount of sugar as the Dorset cereal/Jordan’s granola I was eating before...
Peter. W
14th Apr, 2020
My thirteen year old son made this yesterday and it is delicious, really yummy. He used sultanas in the recipe (we did not have dried berries). It is very crunchy with the seeds and nuts. It has just the right sweetness. Absolutely lovely.
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Arthur Blowfish
1st Apr, 2020
So it looks as if many of the comments are based on alerting the ingredients to whatever is on hand or preferred. I'll just do my own thing then - no sweeteners and assorted nuts and seeds, packed out with oats and a binder of oil. A
27th Feb, 2020
We absolutly love this Granola recipe. Even sent some to my Son in Law to chear him a little after recent floods.
8th Mar, 2019
This has been a favourite in our family for a couple of years now and visitors staying over always ask for the recipe! I use half the amount of maple syrup and usually replace 100g of oats with barley flakes. The cooking times given are perfect, although I usually add the dried fruit right at the end.
24th Nov, 2018
Could you use flaxseeds (or any other seeds) for this recipe? I'm tempted to throw some in or even some chia seeds in afterwards but not sure whether it would work? Any ideas?
30th Oct, 2019
I was thinking of adding chia seeds too, but once out of the oven maybe
Frantic Flapjack
23rd Oct, 2018
This is lovely. I used a bag of mixed seeds and a bag of dried cherries. I would cook it for longer next time though to make it clump up more. Husband is slightly addicted to it!
9th Jan, 2018
Delicious and easy just as recipe states although needs a whole load more cooking than stated. I cook for 40mins to start and then another 20mins. Not sure why it is so different but if you cook it for less time it does not clump together or get nice and crunchy. I swap out maple syrup for coconut nectar (and reduce amount as overly sweet)
25th Nov, 2017
I have made this in the past and it is indeed delicious. However, I had to ask myself how healthy something is with all that extra sugar (honey, agave nectar, whatever) that we really don't need, and whether our tastes have become so accustomed to extra sweetener that we don't notice anymore and are adding sugars where they're really not required? So, I made this again but without all the 'coating' ingredients and found it much nicer and guilt free. There is plenty of sweetness to be found in the coconut and dried fruits, especially if you use dates. I don't make granola anymore, I now make muesli which is basically the same recipe but a lot less time, electricity and sugar.


25th Jul, 2018
The recipe describes the Nutrition as 'per serving'. What weight is each serving please? Many thanks.
goodfoodteam's picture
26th Jul, 2018
Thanks for your question. The weight will be roughly 55g per serving.
14th Sep, 2017
Made this recipe a while back and turned out amazing...going to try again but want to reduce the amount of sugar. Please let me know the minimum amount of maple syrup and honey I could use.
goodfoodteam's picture
6th Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested the recipe using less so suggest you simply try halving and see how it works out. It will of course reduce the sweetness and the granola will stick together less.
3rd Feb, 2018
We make this with 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 250g honey and 4 tbsp maple syrup to 1kg rolled oats and it turns out well.
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. We haven't tried reducing the honey and maple syrup in our test kitchen so are not able to give precise quantities. You can experiment by adding a little at a time in Step 1 to see at what point the ingredients start to stick together.
2nd May, 2014
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?
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!
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