Good for you Granola

For the last Foodie Penpals parcel I put together, the recipient wanted healthy food so I decided to make some granola. I hope Maeve liked it as much as me – I’ve been having it for my lunch at work ever since!

I’ve never actually been a fan of granola before – but then I’ve never made it  before. Just like most things on this planet, it’s miles better when you make it yourself. This works really well as a breakfast cereal with milk too. The coconut in it is lovely, but it’s not overly sweet, which I’ve found with store bought granola.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 100g dried berries
  • 50g coconuts flakes or desiccated coconut
  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.