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Granola Bars

by James Morton

Think flapjack, but crispier, tastier and all round better. Healthier, too.

Prep time

15 minutes

Cook time

35 minutes






The first mistake everyone makes as they look at these wee treats is “Oh, something healthy”. I’m sorry to say that once you see the ingredients, you’ll realise that this is not the case. But they are still worth making (I wouldn’t write about them if they weren’t). Because they are amazing.


Step 1

First, preheat your oven to 170C/150C fan and line a roasting tin with non-stick greaseproof (baking) paper. Place your dried fruit in a bowl and pour over enough boiling water from the kettle to cover. Set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, weigh out your oats, seeds and nuts, combine and set aside.

Step 3

In a pan, weigh out your butter, honey, sugar and cinnamon. Place on the heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted.

Step 4

Pour this hot mix onto your dry ingredients, add your fruit and mix together with a spoon.

Step 5

Pour your final mix out into your prepared tray and press down until it’s about an inch thick all over – don’t worry if it doesn’t reach all the sides. Bake for about 40 minutes, but check after 30. It should be a subtle golden brown on top.

Top Tip:

An interesting tip for any tray-bake is to plunge your whole tray into a bath (usually a sink) of cold water for about 30 seconds as soon as it’s out the oven. This cools down the outside to stop it going too dry or sticking, but lets the middle keep cooking. Try it with brownies.




  • 100g dried fruit: cranberries and cherries work well
  • 200g oats, as big as you can get and preferably ‘jumbo’
  • 100g seeds, sunflower and pumpkin work well!
  • 50g chopped nuts of your favourite variety
  • 100g Graham’s unsalted butter
  • 50g runny honey
  • 100g caster sugar