I am not usually a breakfast girl. Unless it consists of avocado, feta, sourdough and bacon. However working early shifts really screws with me and by 8am my body is yearning for food.

As bacon is not the best as a every-morning food I have learnt to settle for yoghurt and granola. I noticed that a lot of the brands supermarkets stock are jammed full of sugar so decided to make my own.

This recipe is a recommendation from a good friend and comes off of the BBC Good Food website. You can tweak this to make it your own (I replaced oil for a small knob of melted butter, less maple syrup and had the addition of chai seeds and flaxseeds)

With a nice big dollop of natural yoghurt and a small piece of fruit sliced on top this will keep you full until lunch time arrives.

Good-for-you Granola





2 tbsp vegetable oil ( I used a small knob of melted butter)
125ml maple syrup (using less still works)
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 (I used a combination of goji and cranberries)
50g coconuts flakes
+ I also added 2 decent tablespoons of chai seeds and 1/4 cup of flaxseeds


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.

Written by Jess

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