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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. 

Ever had a Nakd bar? They’re lush aren’t they, and now I’m addicted, I’ve realised that they’re blooming pricey. I thought I’d have a crack at my own. They were a bit wet for bars, so I rolled them in cocoa powder and made them into truffles. 

1) in a blender mix up 1 packet of dates, a handful of mixed nuts and 2 dessert spoons of chia seeds (my bf got a 1kg bag wholesale for a tenner!).

2) spread out the mixture onto baking parchment in a baking tray and pop in the fridge.

3) after half hour, remove and cut into bars – and if they aren’t solid enough, like mine, roll into balls and with cocoa powder.

Keep in the fridge til you want to nibble one. I will suss the trick for making nakd bars – if you have a recipe let me know!

I absolutely love spicy nuts. But they’re so expensive and full of rubbish that I decided to have a go at making my own. They’re amazing and I will never be buying the packet ones again!

In a bowl mix a packet of plain almonds with a squeeze of honey, a shake of chilli powder, a sprinkle of dried thyme, a grind of black pepper and little pinch of salt.

Place nuts on a lined baking tray and roast on 180 for 10 mins!


Literally never buying granola bars ever again, make your own. So easy and so cheap

1) chop up mixed nuts and raisins and put in a mixing bowl with a cup of raw oats.

2) melt 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter and 2 tbsp of runny honey in a pan.

3) pour into mixing bowl with the nuts and oats, stir til combined.

4) place mixture in a tin lined with baking parchment and pat flat with the back of your hands.

5) chuck in the freezer for 20 min.

One a day for the week. Food prep rocks.

Ran 10k this morning, now enjoying a chilled afternoon. Planning to save some pennies this month, so made myself some yummy granola bars. Followed this recipe, but added yoghurt cuz I’m addicted to those Eat Natural yoghurt bars.

1) Put a pack of medjool (sp?!) in the food processor. (Kenwood, naturally. Also it sounds like someone is drilling outside when whizzing up dates. Oh and make sure they don’t have stones in!).

2) Put 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of mixed dried fruit and nuts in a bowl together with date mixture.

3) Melt two dessert spoons of peanut butter (I only had crunchy cuz it’s the only PB which should be allowed) and 2 tablespoons of honey.

4) Pour melted PB and honey over the oat/nut/date mixture and mush it all together.

5) Line a baking tray (I used a lasagne dish) with baking parchment and pour the mixture in.

6) Pat it down flat with the back of your hand (the mixture kept sticking when I used a spoon).

7) Slop on some low fat greek yog and chuck in the freezer for half an hour.

Chop and pop in a tuppaware. And maybe eat one. Or two. Woops.