I started making my own granola when I first left home, moving from Kenya to a dizzy London life and needed a quick nutritious breakfast.

This is a recipe given to my mother by an American doctor in the 70’s, adapted slightly by me over the years. I eat it with plain yoghurt and fruit but it’s really delush with cold milk.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking it is super healthy and calorie-free; a tablespoon or so on your yoghurt is enough. If you eat great big bowlfuls of it (like I sometimes do you will notice a slight difference in your waistline!) :3



8 cups of oats

1 cup of corn meal (or polenta)

1 cup of dessicated coconut

1 cup of wheat-germ

1 cup of sesame seeds

1 cup of chopped mixed nuts

1/2 cup of soft brown sugar

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of oil

1/2 cup of honey

2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds/ sunflower seeds (or both)

1/2 cup of raisins/ craisins/ any other mixed dried fruit of your choice


Mix all the dry ingredients (except the dried fruit). Mix the others together and add. Mix together (if you want clusters of cereal don’t over mix)

Spread onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 F till golden brown, keep an eye on it, stir it and turn it every 20 minutes or so. 45 minutes is long enough. Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool – then add the dried fruit.

NB if you bake the mixture with the raisins etc. in it they will go hard. It’s nice to have their moisture in the finished cereal.


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