Home-made granola is surprisingly simple to make, and can be easily tailored to include all your family’s favourite ingredients. A bowlful is a delicious start to the day.

Ingredients

  • 25g (scant 1oz) unsalted butter
  • 100ml (31?2fl oz) maple syrup
  • 1?4 tsp fine salt 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 300g (10oz) rolled oats
  • 30g (1oz) pumpkin seeds
  • 30g (1oz) sunflower seeds
  • 75g (21?2oz) flaked almonds
  • 75g (21?2oz) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 100g (31/2oz) dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, and dates, roughly chopped

Makes 650g
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 – 35 mins

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F/Gas 2). Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Take it off the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Mix all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit, together in a large bowl. Pour the maple syrup mixture over them and toss well to combine.
  • Spread the granola mixture over two large oven trays. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes, turning the mixture over every 10 minutes and spreading it out again so that it browns evenly. The granola is ready when it is golden brown and crunchy.
  • Cool the granola, mix in the dried fruit, and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition data per serving
Energy 518-390 kcals
Protein 12-9 g
Fat 27-20 g
Saturated fat 5-2.5 g
Carbohydrate 56-42 g
Sugar 23-17 g
Fibre 7-5 g
Salt 0.2-0.15 g

Dried cranberries
Tart yet sweet, cranberries have a deliciously intense flavour, and add a lovely splash of colour to any cereal. They’re also a great source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

Complete Family Nutrition, by Jane Clarke, published by DK, £16.99, dk.com

Jane Clarke's Complete Family Nutrition

Jane Clarke’s Complete Family Nutrition

About The Author

Jane Clarke
FOUNDER of Nourish by Jane Clarke, BSc (Hons) SRD DSc

Jane is both a dietitian and Cordon Bleu chef with more than 30 years’ experience in the nutrition industry. Jane is the author of nine best-selling books, was a columnist for over a decade for The Daily Mail, Observer, The Times and The Mail on Sunday, and regularly contributes on TV. She worked with Jamie Oliver on several of his projects, including the School Meals revolution, which showed that people-power can bring about social change. It is with this same mindset and passion that she is leading Nourish by Jane Clarke, which provides a solution to the problem of undernourishment and provides empowerment and inspiration to those who are vulnerable or facing a health challenge. Jane was the first person in the UK to open a private dietetic clinic, establishing a highly successful specialist Nutrition and Dietetic practice in London that has been running for the past 27 years. She advises some of Britain’s leading sportspeople, entertainers and media professionals, and has been personal dietitian and nutritionist for David Beckham and Benedict Cumberbatch. She is particularly regarded for her work with those living with serious illnesses such as cancer, neurological degenerative conditions, dementia and stroke, supporting patients from early diagnosis right through to end of life care, across all ages, including paediatric cancers and early onset dementia. Jane has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her services to nourishing the vulnerable from the University of West London. As a qualified Dietician, Jane spearheads Nutrition and Dietetic practices in London and Leicester advising some of Britain's leading sportspeople and many of the world's biggest actors, music and media personalities, whilst also continuing to treat young children, teenagers and adults with health problems such as diabetes, IBS, dementia, depression. Jane runs a specialist cancer and dementia nutrition practice in Marylebone, where she treats patients referred by GPs, consultants, carers and relatives. Jane was David Beckham's Personal Dietician & Nutritionist during the 2006 World Cup, whilst also advising him and his team at his Football Training Academy. Her books include the best selling series “Jane Clarke's Bodyfoods”, Yummy! A Children's Nutritional Guide, Yummy Baby, Nourish and Complete Family Nutrition. She is also a regular contributor on British Television including all the major networks. She has written for The Daily Mail, Observer, London Times and The Mail on Sunday. She was the Nutritional Consultant working alongside Jamie Oliver, on his groundbreaking television series Jamie's School Dinners and Jamie's co-presenter on Eat to Save Your Life! "Jane Clarke is an exceptional nutritionist. She loves food and she's a great cook - what a tiger!" - Jamie Oliver

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