Lemon-zesty nutty blueberry Granola recipe

A great breakfast, brunch or snack option.

Ingredients (in 3 parts):


400g (16oz) Jumbo Porridge Oats (or gluten-free oats or Quinoa flakes)

100g (4oz) Seeds x 3 (I use 100g each of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin & 50g flax seeds)

100g (4oz) Flaked or Desiccated Coconut

200g (8oz) Mixed nuts of choice (I use flaked almonds, almond nibs & some chopped-up walnuts but you can use pistachios, cashews, pecans…)


100g Dried Blueberries - set aside

100g Goji Berries - set aside


Cinnamon powder 1 tsp (or use dried Ginger).

Vanilla Extract (not essence) 1 tsp

Organic (or at least unwaxed) Lemon: the zest of

Coconut Oil OR Butter - 10 tablespoons

Maple Syrup or Honey - 10 tablespoons


Preheat your oven to 180C (356 Fahrenheit) or moderate Gas setting (5-6).

Weigh & then put all the dried ingredients EXCEPT the fruit in a large metal bowl.

Melt the Coconut oil (or butter) with the Maple Syrup (or honey) in either a small saucepan or in a Pyrex jug in the bottom of your warming oven.

Stir the heated liquid gently then add in your Vanilla extract, Cinnamon & Lemon zest (adding them into the liquid now means they’ll be more evenly distributed in the end-granola mix).

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients & mix well to coat everything as much as possible (NB do not be tempted to add the dried fruit in here - it'll burn easily, dry out & turn the Granola acrid).

Bake half the mixture on a large baking or roasting tray initially for 5 minutes.

SET A TIMER! This is not a ‘walk-away & forget’ forgiving bake.

After the first 5 minutes, stir the mix & then bake again for c. another 5 minutes. Keep checking to ensure the Granola is only LIGHTLY browned. It can burn very very quickly.

Remove & repeat with the remaining half-mixture. Keep checking it…

Once the two halves are baked, cool then put it in either a large Kilner jar or other storage container.

Now add in your dried Blueberries & Goji berries. Put the lid on & gentle shake to mix through the fruit.

Keep in the fridge; in theory, this will keep very well for c. 3 weeks but I guarantee it won’t be around that long ;-)

Serving suggestions:

Try this with your favourite sliced fruit, or a homemade berry compote & yoghurt of your choice (or try Skyr).

I like this particular Granola recipe with plain Greek yoghurt & a selection tropical fruits like Mango, Pineapple & Banana.

Some people even top their porridge with Granola!

Nutrition highlights:

Great source of fibre, Vitamin E & the B Vitamins, essential fatty-acids & of course, protein from both the nuts & seeds.

Do eat in moderation - Granola is a ‘topping’, not a breakfast cereal substitute or porridge-type serving. Savour it…



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