I love granola, but unfortunately most of the shop-bought varieties are packed with sugar. Sugar, although in small amounts is perfectly ok to have as a part of a healthy balanced diet, I personally much prefer to get my sugar from chocolate than from my morning breakfast!
Regarding shop-bought granola, my top tip is to always check the ingredients list before you buy and if the first or second ingredient is sugar then you’re probably better leaving it on the shelf. Sugar has no nutritional value, all it provides is energy and too much of it can contribute to weight gain and dental caries (check out my blog post about sugar for more info!).
This homemade granola recipe is different to most store bought varieties; it’s packed with healthy oats and only a small amount of natural sugar; from the honey or agave nectar and dried fruit.
It’s also super easy to make and tastes delicious! Happy baking 🙂
Homemade Healthy Granola
- 200g oats*
- 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar or freedom (low GI)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 150g dried fruit (e.g. mixed raisins/cranberries)
- Optional: chopped nuts e.g. almonds or seeds e.g. pumpkin/sunflower
- Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C (fan)
- Mix the oats, honey and oil in a bowl; keep mixing until all of the oats are coated
- Optional: Mix in your chosen nuts/seeds
- Spread the oats onto a baking tray/baking paper and bake for 7 minutes
- Stir and bake for 7 minutes more. Warning.. the smells from your kitchen will make you want to eat the whole tray immediately!!
- Admire your baked oats and leave to cool
- Once cool, mix your oats and dried fruit together & store in a sealed container (serve with fat-free Greek yoghurt or your chosen milk/pouring yoghurt)
*If you have coeliac disease or are intolerant to gluten make sure to use 'certified gluten free oats'; oats are naturally gluten free but are often contaminated with gluten during processing.
Nutritional values will vary depending on the ingredients used - those displayed do not include any nuts or seeds used and are per a 50g serving.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbohydrates 33 g
Protein 3.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
.. and for a healthy dessert simply layer your granola with yoghurt in a glass & top with a dollop of reduced-sugar jam. To make your own fruit yoghurt simply mix (for one serving) 100ml of plain yoghurt (or fat-free Greek yoghurt) with 1 tbsp of reduced sugar jam (apricot is delicious!).