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Make the ultimate granola for your breakfast: recipe

This is a daily staple in my household. Serve with thick Greek yogurt and your fave fruit for a healthy but tasty brekkie or brunch

1y ago

This is a daily staple in my household. Serve with thick Greek yogurt and your fave fruit for a healthy but tasty brekkie or brunch.

Nutty date granola

Tweaked from a recipe of Anna Jones', this granola is really easy and versatile; use pretty much any nuts and seeds you like.



  • 1 cup of nuts -- pecans, cashews, almonds are great but any will do
  • 1 cup of pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds
  • Dates, roughly chopped. You could use raisins or dried cranberries instead
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Sprinkle of salt -- flaky sea salt is best
  • Dusting of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or both!


  1. Roughly chop the nuts or leave them whole if you prefer.
  2. Combine the nuts and oats with the oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and the honey/maple syrup. If the mixture looks dry, add a little more.
  3. Spread on a baking tray and bake at a medium oven for 15-20 minutes, mixing half way.
  4. Add the seeds and the dates or other dried fruit. Bake for another 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on it - it's easy to burn.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy with yogurt or milk.

Recipe Notes

It'll keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Recipe by

Clare Wiley

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  • looks v good .

    thanks for posting .

    The history of Granola is interesting.

    Here's Wikis version :

    The names Granula and Granola were registered trademarks in the late 19th century United States for foods consisting of whole grain products crumbled and then baked until crisp, in contrast to the, at that time (about 1900), contemporary invention, muesli, which is traditionally neither baked nor sweetened. The name is now a trademark only in Australia and New Zealand, but is still more commonly referred to as muesli there.[1] The trademark is owned by the Australian Health & Nutrition Association Ltd.'s Sanitarium Health Food Company in Australia[2] and Australasian Conference Association Limited in New Zealand.

    An 1893 advertisement for Kellogg's Granola

    Granula was invented in Dansville, New York,[which?] by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863.[citation needed] The Jackson Sanitarium was a prominent health spa that operated into the early 20th century on the hillside overlooking Dansville. It was also known as Our Home on the Hillside; thus the company formed to sell Jackson's cereal was known as the Our Home Granula Company. Granula was composed of Graham flour and was similar to an oversized form of Grape-Nuts. A similar cereal was developed by John Harvey Kellogg. It too was initially known as Granula, but the name was changed to Granola to avoid legal problems with Jackson.

    The food and name were revived in the 1960s, and fruits and nuts were added to it to make it a health food that was popular with the health and nature-oriented hippie movement. At the time, several people claim to have revived or re-invented granola. During Woodstock, a soon to become hippie icon known as Wavy Gravy, popularized granola as a means of feeding large numbers of people during the festival. Another major promoter was Layton Gentry, profiled in Time as "Johnny Granola-Seed".[3] In 1964, Gentry sold the rights to a granola recipe using oats, which he claimed to have invented himself, to Sovex Natural Foods for $3,000. The company was founded in 1953 in Holly, Michigan by the Hurlinger family with the main purpose of producing a concentrated paste of brewers yeast and soy sauce known as "Sovex". Earlier in 1964, it had been bought by John Goodbrad and moved to Collegedale, Tennessee. In 1967, Gentry bought back the rights for west of the Rockies for $1,500 and then sold the west coast rights to Wayne Schlotthauer of Lassen Foods in Chico, California, for $18,000.[3] Lassen was founded from a health food bakery run by Schlotthauer's father-in-law.[4] Canadian rights were ceded in 1972 to the Congregation Shalom Ba-olam, a charitable organization which produced "Layton Gentry's Original Crunchy Granola" as a fundraiser.[5] Oro Foods from Ontario also produced granola from the same recipe, but fell out with Gentry. The Hurlingers, Goodbrads, and Schlotthauers were all Adventists, and it is possible that Gentry was a lapsed Adventist who was familiar with the earlier granola.

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