It’s Grrreat

Oft have I been outraged by the extortionate price of good cereal and oh my does woe betide me when I resort to masticating the cardboard that most supermarkets pass off as fast-breaking material. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning when I know the only sustenance available is a fibrous mulch so similar to grout I might as well be eating…grout.

There is, however, one benefit of this pre-noon endurance challenge that comes in the form of a little something we often take for granted: perspective. If sub-standard bran flakes are one of my biggest concerns, then I’m a pretty fortunate lady .

What I mean to say is I’ve toyed with Leon’s recipe for granola and I now wake up looking forward to a bountiful crunch in the morning, which sets me up nicely and is a long way from the over-priced tree bark I’ve become accustomed to. For now, I can concentrate on my other dilemmas, which could prove to be somewhat more difficult than roasting some oats.


Really Great Granola (makes lots and lots)

150g runny honey

75ml sunflower oil

250g oats

100g bran

100g wheatgerm

150g sunflower seeds

150g pumpkin seeds

75g sesame seeds

100g sultanas

100g other dried fruit e.g. apricots, pineapple, cranberries


Typing this out made me realise that there really isn’t a strict recipe for this. I’m not a very nutty person but I know a lot of people would appreciate the addition of some hazelnuts or pecans. Dates are also great but as they are very high GI, I’ve left them out. Also, we have bran and wheatgerm lying around as it goes in our bread, but if you’re struggling to find some then Planet Organic or The Grocery do good affordable ones. Sorry that’s for Londoners only.

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • On a low heat, in a small saucepan, melt the oil and honey together so it’s super runny.
  • Lay the oats, bran and seeds out on the biggest baking tray you have, potentially across two.
  • Then pour the oily honey over your oat/bran/seed combo and mix well. It will still be quite dry but that’s fine.
  • Bake for 20 mins, mixing halfway through.
  • Leave in the tray to cool.
  • Chop additional fruit and nuts if need be.
  • Mix everything together and store in an airtight jar.
  • Greet the day with some of your granola, yoghurt and fruit for something to keep you going for aaaaggeessss. Or at least until lunch.

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