My Favourite Granola

I’ve been making this granola for a while, a while ago I tried to link to the recipe (from London Bakes) and it had vanished.

I love it and I have fiddled a bit with it so I’m posting it here for no other reason than it is really good and should be somewhere I can find it easily and because I eat more granola in autumn and winter so it’s time to make a batch!

I know that I cook more from scratch than most people but I don’t believe that homemade always means better, there’s loads of things that I buy, mayonnaise for example, I’m sure that if you make it yourself it’s nicer but I don’t eat a lot of it and don’t have time, so it’s just easier to buy some.

Home made granola though, is one of the things that I prefer to make at home, because it’s really simple to make, usually cheaper and lets you control the amount of sugar. My go-to bought version is this one from Dorset Cereals and it’s pretty good, it’s also pretty expensive when you consider the cost of the basic ingredients.

One of the reasons for my deep love of this granola is that it’s a basic granola made with store cupboard ingredients that you can use as a building block. The original recipe suggests cacao nibs and if you can find them AND have the money for them in your budget, they are a fabulous addition, adding a subtle chocolatey crunch. You could also use this as a basic recipe and add the dried fruit of you choice after you’ve baked it, I’ve added dried cherries and dried apricots for different batches and they work well (I have a friend who makes this version with cacao nibs and adds dried bananas, which is great for breakfast and amazing on ice cream!)  You can customise it to suit you.

I find for breakfast pots the non-fruit version works best and I’m sure it would be good eaten with milk if you like milk, (personally I think milk is the devil’s drink!)


3 cups of oats

1 cup mixed seeds

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup sunflower oil

2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or non stick mat.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 140C
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spread on baking sheets
  4. Bake in oven for 35 ish minutes, turning once during that time, until golden brown
  5. Remove from oven and leave to completely cool
  6. Once cool, transfer to containers.


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5 Responses to My Favourite Granola

  1. plot34 says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m a Dorset Cereals fan because they do a plain granola but I tend to eat it mostly in the summer with raspberries and blueberries from the plot.

    • nicdempsey says:

      Another Dorset Cereals fan, even if we eat it in different seasons! This is quite similar so you could have a go and see if you like it! Blueberries are on my long term plan for the plot, maybe next year!

  2. plot34 says:

    Picking your own plot grown blueberries is a marvellous thing. I have 5 and soon to be 6 pot grown bushes – and it’s only me that eats them! Work colleagues are force fed blueberry muffins during September…

  3. Pingback: Pecan and Cranberry Maple Granola | Nic Dempsey

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