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Another successful granola experiment at a cost of about 50p. Why anyone buys bags of granola is beyond me – this took about half hour with minimal effort. I also use Tesco basic oats that cost 75p for a kilogram. They taste great as porridge, flapjacks or granola. Happy days!

1) in a pan melt 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil and 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a separate mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of oats, 2 dessert spoons of chia seeds, handful of chopped nuts and whole seeds, and a good shake of desiccated coconut.

3) Add a couple of drops of vanilla essence or the seeds from a vanilla pod.

4) pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir – it should just coat the oats.

5) lay the oats out on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Oven for 20 mins on 150 degrees C.

Sprinkle over some more desiccated coconut once cooled. I eat mine with natural yoghurt or sprinkled on porridge or cereal and milk. Tasty.


New Year’s Eve is probably not the best time to post a Christmassy recipe, but hey ho, you can enjoy this granola all year. It makes a great present in a hamper and is so easy it’s barely worth calling it a recipe.

1) melt 1 dessert spoon of butter and 1 dessert spoon of golden syrup in pan.

2) in a bowl mix 2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds, 1 handful of chopped seeds. Sprinkle over 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon.

3) pour over the melted butter and golden syrup. Mix and lay out on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

4) bake on 160 degrees C for 20 mins. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Wait for it to cool and place in a Kilner jar – mine cost £6.99 for 3 in TK Maxx. Wilko also do a great set of smaller jars for £7/£8. 

I genuinely can’t believe how expensive and full of crap shop-bought granola is. My homemade granola has 4 ingredients and takes 20 mins – 15 of which are the oven’s job so really it only takes you 5.

1) in a pan melt 1 tbsp of honey and 1 dessert spoon of peanut butter (I use whole earth crunchy).

2) stir in 1 cup of oats and some chopped nuts.

3) line a baking tray with some baking parchment and spread out the oat mixture on it.

4) oven for 10-15 mins on 170 degrees c.

Scoff down with yoghurt (I like Rachel’s Organic vanilla) and fruit. Simples.

As the title suggests, this isn’t the healthiest of breakfasts. However, I had been eating well all week and wanted an energy filled tasty treat before hockey  yesterday morning. We won by the way, so I’m putting it down to this…

1) in a bowl mix 1 cup of oats with some peanuts and raisins.

2) pop a handful of corn kernels in a pan on the hob – don’t forget the lid.

3) add to oat mixture.

4) melt 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 dessert spoon butter and 1 dessert spoon honey in a pan and pour over the oat mixture.

5) stir oat mixture and transfer to a tray lined with baking parchment. Ovens for 25 mins on 170 degrees C.

I ate mine with coconut Alpro yoghurt. Happy breakfast everyone.

What to do when your granola bars refuse to work? Mould them into ‘energy balls’. I’ve refrained from calling them ‘energy balls’ because I’m not a scientist, but I have seen these elsewhere with protein powder and all that gumpf in. These have none of that stuff, just simple and natural ingredients. 

1) in a bowl combine 1 cup oats, 1 handful of chopped mixed nuts, 2 heaped teaspoons of Greek yoghurt, 1 small bag of dried cranberries.

2) heat 2 tablespoons of honey in a pan on the hob. Once melted add to the mixture.

(I first put the mixture flat on a tray but they came out the freezer falling apart soooo…)

3) form into balls and pop in the freezer for 15 mins.

I found that squishing the mixture into balls made it hold together much better. I’ve packed 2 for a snack this afternoon before hockey training.