How to make the most amazing granola

We love granola here at The Barn. The crunchy, oaty, fruitiness of it, the way you can eat it straight out  of the packet or mixed with yoghurt, sprinkled over porridge or straight up with milk. Now don’t get me wrong, porridge is great with honey or my favourite; Agave syrup which has a lower GI level, but sometimes I just want a bit of crunch too you know?

So here’s my recipe for the most amazing granola. It’s everything granola should be; crunchy, fruity, nutty – all or none of the above actually because you can adapt however you like using whatever you have in your store cupboard.

Go on, make a batch. It lasts for 30 days in a sealed contained but I doubt it’ll last that long – it doesn’t in our house!

How to make the most amazing granola

Amazing home-made granola


  • 200g porridge oats (gluten free works too!)
  • 200g toasted, flaked almonds (or any other nuts that you fancy, just roughly chop them first)
  • 200g raisins or a mixture of dried fruit of your choice
  • 100g Dessicated coconut
  • 80g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100ml Agave nectar or honey
  • 30ml sunflower oil (or you could use coconut oil)

Option: add a handful each of sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseeds seeds for an extra healthy crunch


1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (gas mark 3).

2. Combine the oats, nuts (plus seeds if using) and dessicated coconut in a large bowl.

Dry ingredients



3. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, Agave nectar or honey and oil and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved – be careful not to let the mixture burn.

4. Pour the sugar mixture over oats and stir well to combine – this can take a few minutes.

5. Spread the mixture out on a baking tray and cook for 8-10 mins. Take it out and turn the mixture over so that it cooks evenly before cooking for a further 4-5 mins. You want the granola to be golden brown but not too dark.

How to make the most amazing granola pinnable

6. Pour the toasted granola into a large bowl and stir through the dried fruit. Leave it to cool for an hour or so before popping in a sealed jar or box. It will keep for about a month – but ours never lasts that long!

Granola cooling down






  1. Lux G. February 13, 2016 at 3:41 am Reply

    Well, I guess no more buying for me next time. I’ll make my own. Thanks to you!

  2. Mirka Moore @Kahanka February 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply

    We are huge fans of granola too, will have to make more effort and swap for the home-made. Thanks for this recipe x

  3. Corina February 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm Reply

    It looks gorgeous and I love the smell as it cooks. I made it for the first time recently and it didn’t last long at all either!

  4. Honest Mum February 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Oh Michelle I love granola here and there is NOTHING like making your own, this looks delicious, I would just omit the nuts for me (weep). Loving the photography too, when can I come over for breakfast? xx

  5. Alison February 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm Reply

    This looks gorgeous, I think my son would get rid of it really fast

  6. Michelle Twin Mum February 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    I’m so pleased to see this recipe, I’ve been wanting to make granola and this sounds scrummy. Mich x

  7. Madeline February 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm Reply

    I’m really not a fan of porridge (the texture turns me off), but granola – yum! I made some years ago but for some reason never made it again, I’ll pin your recipe and give it a go, it looks really tasty! x

  8. Mrs Tubbs February 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Looks healthy, has things I like in it … Yum! Pinned so can give it a try once I’ve gathered the few bits I don’t have the cupboard. Thank you 🙂

  9. tracey at Mummyshire February 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply

    This looks yummy and I never realised it was so easy
    I’ve pinned this as I’m going to definitely give this a go!

  10. Lisa Savage February 8, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply

    This looks gorgeous! I make granola from time to time for my husband. He loves it. It also makes a super duper gift (for Christmas or for new parents!) May have to try your recipe next time! #sharethejoy

  11. ceri February 8, 2016 at 11:43 am Reply

    This looks delicious Michelle x

  12. Coombe Mill - Fiona February 8, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply

    A lovely way to start the day,or any time of day really #sharethejoy

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