Granola provides a more welcome, familiar start to the day -  whatever the season.  It's a mix you make to your preference, depending on what's in the cupboard.

It's simple to make, and you have the added satisfaction of knowing all the ingredients that are there in your bowl.

And it makes a great gift too.


Granola consists primarily of toasted oats, sweetened with honey, and mixed with whatever nuts and dried fruit that appeals.

The recipe I use starts with a dry mixture of 3 cups of porridge oats, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a bit of cinnamon.

Mix separately 1/3 cup honey, a few tablespoons of sunflower oil and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Combine that with the dry mixture and spread over a shallow baking tin. 

Bake at 180C for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven to stir and then bake for a further 7-10 minutes.

The granola will harden as it cools, so it's good to break it up some and stir it around while it's still warm.  To this mixture of oats you can then add flaked almonds, sultanas and whatever other dried fruit or nuts you like.

In our house it's become something of a birthday tradition to prepare glass jars the night before with granola, layered with greek yogurt and fruit.  Simply take out of the fridge and you're ready to go... perfect if you're running late to school.


Eat and enjoy!

Photography: Ben Robinson

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