Easy Home-Made Granola Recipe

I took this photo of my sunshiney breakfast the other morning, posted it to my multitudinous social media platforms and received a flurry of requests for the recipe. Well, ok, there was only actually one request for the recipe (from the lovely Hydrangea Girl)- but I've decided I'm going it to share it anyway!

I'm not, nor will I ever be, a food blogger. I literally know how to cook about 5 different things. Three of them 'desserts'. One of them pasta. One of them this granola- my favourite breakfast. But, due to the recent popularity of my Spelt Muffin Recipe (one of my three 'dessert' recipes) - which even inspired a spin-off recipe - I thought I might as well share my other culinary *ahem* masterpiece.

So, this is a recipe for granola - but it's more commonly known as 'Mama Brekkie' in our house. It's called this for two reasons.
  1. because I make it (and I'm 'Mama' - obviously)
  2. because I eat it for breakfast. All. The. Time.
I love the taste of oats, but I'm not a big fan of the texture of Porridge, so 'Mama Brekkie' has become my favourite way to get some oaty goodness into me in the morning. The girls love it too - so it's a quick, healthy breakfast that really works for us.

For the Basic 'Mama Brekkie' Granola Recipe you will need:
500g Oats
2 tablespoons oil (I mostly use sunflower oil, but sometimes use coconut oil for extra yumminess)
6 tablespoons of Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons of Honey

Preheat oven to 140 °C / 275°F. Mix everything up in a bowl until the oats are well coated. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, dump out the mixture and spread it out on it. Pop it in the oven for up to an hour, turning the oats over with a spoon at regular intervals (every 15 mins is good) to make sure they get toasted evenly. When they are nice and golden take them out and let them cool. The oats might still feel a little soft to the touch, but they will become more crisp as they cool down.

Now, you CAN just tuck in immediately. Or, you might like to add all sorts of extras to customise the granola to your own tastes. 

Add dried fruit (I mostly use raisins or sultanas) or nuts and seeds (I often use a sprinkle of those pouches of seeds/superfoods you can get in Supermarkets). This kind of thing:

Store in an airtight jar. It lasts quite well... for at least a week... I don't think it's ever lasted longer than that in our house because once I make a batch we eat it constantly until it's gone, but once it's in an airtight container it seems to last well!

My favourite ways to eat it are with apple juice instead of milk (because milk freaks me out) or with yoghurt and fresh fruit/berries or a fruit compote.

Sábha likes it best with peaches and apple juice (but does NOT like when I add sesame seeds)
Lile likes it best with just milk and doesn't mind what I add.
Devo likes to eat it dry, by the handful as a snack (it basically tastes like flapjacks).

It is also DELICIOUS with ice-cream... but we're sliding into dessert territory there... again... story of my life!

So there you are! If you are stuck in a breakfast rut - it might be a nice change. Or, if you fancy an alternative to porridge for the Summer - this is a perfect replacement. Or, if you've been wondering about how to make granola but thought it might be a bit complicated  - I hope I've shown you it's really not - and I hope you give it a try.

I'd love to know how you would customise it too!


  1. Seriously, you have blown my mind with the addition of juice in stead of milk, Sadhbh! I'm not mad on milky cereals so this is perfection. I'll be making this first thing Saturday while husband is asleep.

    PINNING ;)

  2. This recipe sounds great, I buy granola at the moment but I have a big bag of oats so this would be way cheaper. Thank you for sharing :)

    1. thank you! It is so much cheaper. I find granola so expensive here - especially the good kind without lots of processed sugar. That's why I started making my own!

  3. GORGEOUS!! I love granola too, I have almond or coconut milk on mine, or greek yogurt. Made with coconut oil, tastes just so indulgent.
    Thank you for linking up to #betterbreakfasts :)


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