Toasted almond granola

Making your own toasted granola is really easy – if you can stir some ingredients in a bowl and then chuck them in the oven on a baking tray you can make this. It’s strangely addictive, too, as there are an infinite number of variations you can make using different nuts, fruits, seeds, spices and flavours.


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup natural almonds
  • 1 cup pistachios in shell, shelled
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup roasted coconut pieces
  • ⅔ cup neutral vegetable oil (e.g. sunflower)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, beaten with a fork
  • 1 cup diced, mixed dried fruit (I used dried cranberries, blueberries and plums)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients bar the dried fruit in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Tip mixture onto the baking tray and stir to evenly distribute.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes and then check colour. If it’s a nice toasted colour you can take it out then, otherwise leave it for another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove tray from oven and stir in dried fruit until thoroughly combined.
  6. Leave to cool and then store in an air-tight container (a large jar is ideal).