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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5th Jan, 2017
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.
2nd Oct, 2016
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.
12th Apr, 2016
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.
8th Apr, 2016
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 ££!)!
16th Mar, 2016
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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31st Oct, 2015
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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20th Aug, 2015
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!
19th Aug, 2015
Wow! My first homemade granola, so yummy! I can't believe how easy it was to make.. and it's healthy. My kitchen smells wonderful! I used coconut oil butter instead of vegetable oil.


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