Every single time I post a photo of my granola on social media, I get tons of messages and comments asking me to share the recipe.

First things first: the original recipe actually comes from the I Quit Sugar book by Sarah Wilson, which I definitely recommend and love. I reviewed it a while ago here. I can take no credit then for the idea of making this granola – but over time (and through sheer laziness, if I’m honest) I have tweaked the recipe slightly to suit my own tastes. You can see Sarah’s recipe on her website here.

What I love about this granola is that no two batches ever taste the same – so it’s a different experience each time. It’s really quick to make; I often do it while S is eating her breakfast in the week or while I’m waiting for dinner to cook in the evenings. Prep time is a maximum of ten minutes.

Here is how I make it:


Various chopped nuts (I use cashews, almonds and walnuts usually)
Chia seeds
Hemp seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Dessicated coconut
Cacao nibs 
Cacao powder
Coconut butter
Coconut oil

You’ll notice that I’ve not included any measurements – like I said, I’m lazy. 

Basically you shove everything in a bowl and mix together, then melt the coconut oil and pour over before mixing in. 

Coconut butter is far from essential, but it tastes amazing and I find it clumps together the ingredients into clusters of yum.


I have an air fryer, so I shove everything in that and put it on the grill setting for around 10 minutes. This is great because the air fryer I have will turn the granola and mix it as it goes – but I do still go in with a wooden spoon and mix it around a little too.

If you don’t have an air fryer, spread your granola out on a tray and put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes – it works better when you go in a couple of times to mix it around a little though. And it’s easy to burn so you need to keep an eye on it.

The original recipe calls for coconut flakes, but I can never find those in the supermarket, and when I can they’re expensive so I just use dessicated coconut. Sometimes I forget to include the coconut at all. What’s great about this recipe is that it doesn’t matter! If you don’t like walnuts, use brazils. If you don’t like pumpkin seeds, don’t use them. In my experience the only thing that can ruin this recipe is if you burn it – and even then it’s still edible. 

Serve with Greek yogurt and berries. Or however you like to eat granola.


Basically, this is the perfect recipe for someone who is lazy and a bit crap at cooking. Which is why I love it.


Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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