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
- 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.
- 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.