When it comes to breakfast I have a 5 big loves; porridge, poached eggs, avocado, banana bread and granola. Actually I probably could eat granola all day long! It’s such a delicious crunchy start to the day or just to snack on during the day. For those of you not familiar with granola, it is simply a mix of rolled oats, nuts, seeds and spices that are baked with oils or butter + sweetness to create a crisp cereal/muesli.
Granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat, however most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. My favourite granolas that I would buy are a lot more organic from either the Ottolenghi cafe (link) or from Mini Magoos (buy online & at the London Borough Markets).
But you know what’s even better? Making your own granola! Whipping up your own granola at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar and ingredients, while also changing things up and adding the flavours that you love.
This Honey Nut Granola is my go-to homemade granola recipe. It’s sweet enough to feel like a treat but packed full of nutrients and slow-releasing energy in the form of nuts and oats, making it a healthy but indulgent start to the day. It is perfect for snacking, on top of yogurt or on its own with a bit of milk.
Honey Nut Granola Recipe
Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 25min
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup golden sultanas (or use any other dried fruit you fancy)
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- ¼ tsp of salt
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180° celsius /340° fahrenheid
- Mix all the dry (minus the sultanas or any dried fruits) ingredients; the oats, coconut, cinnamon, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and nuts together in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the oil, honey and vanilla extract and pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point.
- Add the sultanas (or other dried fruits) to the baking sheet in the last few minutes of cooking, so they don’t get hard.
- Once the granola is visibly browned (about 25 minutes for me), remove from the oven and let it cool. Place in a container or jar that has an air-tight seal and it should keep for a few weeks (if you can last that long without eating it all..trust me you won’t!)
You can customise this granola any way you want, so by all means swap in other nuts, seeds, fruits or spices to your own liking.
I always put my homemade Honey Nut Granola batch in a jar to keep it fresh so it can last for about 2 weeks! Now that is only if you can actually resist eating it all in a few days…it’s hard trust me. For me granola is a delicious & quick healthy breakfast option, I usually have it with greek yoghurt and a fresh fruit salad.
I recently whipped up a batch of my Honey Nut Granola and took it with me to Wales over New Years eve, so I could share it with my friends and it’s fair to say they all loved it because it was finished in one day!
Have you made your own granola before? Give this recipe a try, it’s so easy and tasty that I am sure you will never buy supermarket granola again!