cinamon date granola breakfast beachhutcook

Date and Maple Granola. Winning at Breakfast.

Deliciously easy granola with oats, selection of seeds, coconut, dates, cinnamon and maple syrup baked until just toasted and stored away to make those breakfasts worth waking up for  

cinamon date granola breakfast beachhutcook

Weekend breakfasts in our house fall in two different camps: the hurried no time to stop or the let’s drag out the morning for as long as possible. The latter being much preferred when it’s a beach hut breakfast. However on either type of breakfast, granola can often be featured.

Lately I’ve been feeling a tad miffed when it comes to paying crazy prices when buying a box of granola only to find it’s nearly all gone after a big family breakfast and it wasn’t cheap in the first place! So I thought surely I could make our own? After a few disasters (overcooking) I think I have found the answer.

cinamon date granola breakfast beachhutcook

I’ve leant the secret is in the ratio of oats to fruit to nuts and seeds plus the cooking time. It’s a little like cooking cookies, you need to undercook and take out of the oven when just as its starting to colour. Anything more and you can’t save it and it’s fit or the bin.

I like the amount of seeds and fruit to be quite high but not over the top and I do like the warmth from cinnamon. Come summer I might add less but this blend tastes heavenly when added to a fruit crumble topping.

Of course you can change the type of dried fruit you use and change the seeds and used too but I find keeping to this ratio gives you the right amount of flavour and texture that shop bought varieties can’t.  So far I haven’t added nuts but should you do, please let me know how it turns out.

cinamon date granola breakfast beachhutcook

Date and Maple Granola

350g rolled oats
50g sesame seeds
80g sunflower seeds
100g pumpkin seeds
100g soft dates, chopped
60g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
1 tablespoons coconut oil
80ml maple syrup
60g runny honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 140C/325F/Gas Mark 3

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and add the remaining wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.

Turn out on to two shallow baking trays and spread out.

Place in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes and toss the granola every to ensure even cooking.  Halfway through swap the trays over.

Once cooled completely place into a large jar and this will keep for 8 weeks.

Like baking cookies, it is best to remove the granola from the oven when it looks undercooked otherwise once at overcooked/tawny brown stage it is fit for the bin and nothing else!

cinamon date granola breakfast beachhutcook

Here’s beach hut breakfast treat for you here – Egg Bacon, Cream Cheese Bagel.

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  • Reply Anna King 25th February 2018 at 9:16 am

    Such a coincidence I made granola this weekend and discovered it creates pure happiness! I added flaked almonds as well as seeds just because I had them and a little crunchy peanut butter too. It was so easy it will become a regular item in this house from now on.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 25th February 2018 at 2:55 pm

      I love the idea of flaked almonds

  • Reply Lisa from A Table Full of Joy 26th February 2018 at 7:09 am

    I love granola and this sounds amazing!

  • Reply Nicole 26th February 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I love the idea of a homemade granola – not only does the house smell amazing! but you are in control of the ingredients!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey 26th February 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely delicious, I have to admit I love a good granola for breakfast, but I haven’t tried making my own, something I need to change this year.

  • Reply Tara Pittman 27th February 2018 at 12:36 am

    We love granola with yogurt. I need to try homemade as we do eat a lot of granola.

  • Reply Kristi Ann 27th February 2018 at 12:49 am

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe, this will be our weekend breakfast!

  • Reply Ruthie Ridley 27th February 2018 at 2:24 am

    i want to make this tonight! So healthy and hearty!!

  • Reply Julie 27th February 2018 at 3:38 am

    I love your comment “Winning at Breakfast” – some days that’s quite a feat! There’s nothing better than homemade granola for breakfast and I love the ingredients you’ve used in this recipe.

  • Reply Christina Polovich 27th February 2018 at 4:56 am

    Never really great with cooking. But my kids loves granola and this recipe is one of a kind. Can’t wait to cook this dish and have my kids say, “mom you’re the best”.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 1st March 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Hey, sounds perfect response. I love it when the kids say that x

  • Reply Ericka 27th February 2018 at 5:48 am

    Oh this looks so yummy and perfect for breakfast. Im going to try to make it next week with my kids.

  • Reply maria magdalena 27th February 2018 at 9:28 am

    oh i love granola, but it’s quite expensive in my country. Will try this recipe…

  • Reply Jacqui Bellefontaine 27th February 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I love homemade granola and like to try different recipes for it. This sounds one lovely. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 1st March 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Always a pleasure to share with CookBlogShare. One of my favourite groups x

  • Reply Mommy Rockin' In Style 27th February 2018 at 2:46 pm

    This looks delicious and satisfying at the same time. I also love granola for my breakfast! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Reply Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen 27th February 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I love homemade granola! This looks like a simple but VERY tasty recipe!

  • Reply Wendy Polisi 27th February 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Now that is a tasty bowl of cereal. I love those ingredients.

  • Reply i 27th February 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I absolutely love this! I would eat this every day if I could!

  • Reply Sonal 27th February 2018 at 11:23 pm

    What a fun and easy recipe full of nutrition and deliciousness! Great way to eat better!

  • Reply Jennifer L 27th February 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Oh this granola looks absolutely delicious! I actually have all these ingredients so I’m definitely making this asap. Love to have this granola with warm soymilk. yum!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 1st March 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Warm soya milk sounds delicious. I’m giving dairy a side step at the moment so I like this idea. Elinor x

  • Reply Ada 28th February 2018 at 3:24 am

    Oh this looks so very tasty! I love granola.

  • Reply Candy Rachelle 28th February 2018 at 6:40 am

    Oh, I really love granola so much and this recipe looks delicious and perfect for my breakfast. I will surely give this a try.

  • Reply Helen 28th February 2018 at 11:25 am

    Oo this looks delicious! I love granola for breakfast with yogurt and fresh fruit, so filling and nutritious 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  • Reply Patty 28th February 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Awesome granola, wonder if it would last 8 weeks in my household, I’ll try it and let you know 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 1st March 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I hear you Patty. We have a hungry household here too! Elinor x

  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot 28th February 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Awesome way to nourish your body in the morning. Sounds good too.

  • Reply April J Harris 28th February 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve always hesitated to make my own granola but not any more! This recipe looks delicious and it’s got so many healthy ingredients. Thank you for the tip about removing it from the oven just before it’s cooked. Thank you for sharing this post at the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Eleanor. Pinning and sharing!

  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie 28th February 2018 at 6:09 pm

    This looks lovely! And I’m sure it must be way better than the (crazy expensive!) shop bought versions. I love the idea of leisurely breakfast down at your beachhut – sounds so good! (Though maybe not in this weather!?!) Eb x

  • Reply Nicole | What She Ate 28th February 2018 at 7:51 pm

    We have the same taste in granola. I make granola on a fairly regular basis too and these are a lot of my favorite ingredients to use. This looks soooo good!

  • Reply athena 28th February 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Not only would my family absolutely love this, the kids would love to participate in making it. Yum. Great recipe.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 1st March 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Oh yes Athena, kids helping what a great idea! Elinor x

  • Reply Becca Wilson 28th February 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I love that you have figured out how to make granola at home. This looks like it would be amazing.

  • Reply Krystel | Disney on a Budget 1st March 2018 at 12:42 am

    I want this. It looks so very good. I am going to look up some nutritional info

  • Reply Jennifer 1st March 2018 at 1:18 am

    There really is nothing quite like homemade granola, I love how the whole house ends up smelling like it. This recipe looks and sounds divine!

  • Reply Helen at Welsh Mum Writing 1st March 2018 at 9:59 am

    Love the idea of this. Traditional out of the box cereal is so boring. #BloggerClubUK

  • Reply Carissa 1st March 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Yum! I love homemade granola so much. It’s quite easy to make.

  • Reply Mel 3rd March 2018 at 1:12 am

    I love granola but never buy it because it almost always has raisins in and it’s so much nicer when it’s homemade. I was obsessed with it when I was breastfeeding my youngest and I was making batch after batch. Haven’t made it in a couple of years though. I love the fact yours doesn’t have any raisins in and maple syrup is one of my favourite things. x Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

  • Reply Fan R 5th March 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I like granola especially homemade. The recipe is easy to follow, hopefully to treat myself with healthy stuff more often!

  • Reply Corina Blum 6th March 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I love homemade granola but really don’t make it as often as I should. I especially like all the seeds in this one!

  • Reply Sim @ Manchester Mummy 13th March 2018 at 12:50 pm

    This looks divine 🙂 I have never made homemade granola but want to give it a try now 🙂 SIm x

  • Reply Helen Wills 20th March 2018 at 9:59 am

    I am definitely making this! Sounds amazing, and any kind of variety at breakfast is right up my street.

  • Reply Emma 21st March 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I have tried to make it a few times, and it just didn’t work out. This looks like a great recipe though! 🙂 x

  • Reply Donna 1st May 2018 at 2:21 pm

    This looks great. I get so bored of breakfast and the same old options!

  • Reply emma 19th October 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Lately I’ve been feeling a tad miffed when it comes to paying crazy prices when buying a box of granola only to find it’s nearly all gone after a big family breakfast and it wasn’t cheap in the first place! So I thought surely I could make our own? After a few disasters (overcooking) I think I have found the answer.

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