Everyone has certain foods that transport them to weird and wonderful places. For me, ‘granola’ takes me back to Cyprus when I was staying at the gorgeous Anassa Hotel (see blog post here!) Their granola was hands down one of the best I’ve ever tasted – packed with nuts, seeds and dried fruit and served alongside raw nuts in fresh, local honey (words can’t describe…!) Having baked a lot in lockdown I wanted a week off cake and thought I might try to recreate this breakfast of dreams without going for the most ‘sugar-packed’ recipe out there. Therefore I’m going to share my healthy fruit & nut granola recipe with you!

You can make granola in a variety of ways with golden or maple syrup, various sugars, honey, nuts, seeds, fruit, chocolate chips etccccc. I wanted to make a batch that was full of goodness, tasted sweet but that wasn’t super ‘bad’ for me as I sprinkled on top of my yoghurt in the morning. In this recipe I’ve used a mix of coconut oil and honey which gives it an incredible flavour. I’ve chucked in pumpkin seeds for good measure (because everything tastes better with pumpkin seeds), some raw nuts and raisins for that extra sweetness.

raw healthy fruit & nut granola

I was really happy with how it turned out and in addition to it smelling incredible as it was baking, it also looked so aesthetic when in the glass mason jar on the kitchen side.

healthy fruit & nut granola after baking

One tip I have (and it depends how you like your granola) – is to make sure you spread evenly on your tray and ensure the layer isn’t too thick. I laden my tray a little too much, which meant it didn’t cook as evenly and therefore there were less ‘clumps’ of granola and it was more broken up. In actual fact, I prefer it that way so it was a win win… But if you prefer a clumpy ‘cluster-like’ granola do a thinner layer (on perhaps 2 trays) and push the mixture down so it’s more compact.

healthy fruit & nut granola

Add anything you like to the recipe, it’s very versatile! But save the fruit for scattering at the end and don’t bake (it will burn!)

healthy fruit & nut granola in a mason jar
granola with yoghurt

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Healthy Fruit & Nut Granola
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees fan and line a large baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour in the coconut oil, honey and vanilla and mix well until all oats and nuts are lightly coated. Pour the granola onto the lined tray and spread it out evenly. If the layer is too thick, use a second tray so that it cooks properly.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden, stirring halfway and press down to compact to allow for some clumps to form when baking. The granola will crisp up further as it cools.
  5. Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed for at least 45 minutes. Add the raisins to the granola and then break the granola into pieces with your hands or a stir with a spoon.
  6. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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