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Monday, 4 April 2016

Cherry and Nut Granola Treat: #SwearbyIt Recipe Challenge....

I am always on the lookout for new and healthier ingredients to bake with. 

I would love to make the perfect treat which is really good for you, tastes great and is low in calories. 

How perfect would that be!?

This week thanks to HIB 100 I have been baking with some Vita Coco Coconut Oil; that they have kindly sent me.

I am a big fan of coconuts products. I love the smell of them. They taste so yummy too. I like to eat it fresh, in and on top of cakes and also covered in chocolate. 

Sometimes healthy, sometimes not! 

This is my first time I have swapped butter as an ingredient for coconut oil to bake with, so I was little nervous to see how they would turn out!

First up I made some nutty cherry granola:

Cooking time: Around 25 minutes until golden

You will need: 

A rectangle baking tray

Cherry and Nut Granola Treat:

  • 125g porridge oats 
  • 100g Vita Coco Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon of honey
  • 75g Plain flour 
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extracts
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 100g Walnuts, whole or chopped
  • 100g Glace cherries

  1. Weigh out all your ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350oF), Fan 170 C Gas Mark 4. 
  3. Grease and line a rectangle cake tin with baking paper.
  4. If you are using whole walnuts, place them inside a plastic food bag and seal the end of the bag. Bash the bag with a end of a rolling pin until all crushed into small pieces.
  5. In a medium pan add the coconut oil, golden syrup, honey and gently melt over a medium heat. String all the time, until all the ingredients have all melted. Remove the saucepan off the heat. Add the vanilla extract. Stir well.
  6. Mix the porridge oats, plain flour, ground cinnamon, walnuts and glace cherries in a large bowl.
  7. Pour the melted mixture over a little at a time, string until all mixed in.
  8. Transfer to the greased tin, flatten down with the back of a fork.
  9. Bake in the center of a pre heated over for around 25 minutes.
  10. Once golden, remove from oven and mix around.
  11. Transfer to a large plate and leave to cool 

Granola is great on its own, with milk and tastes amazing with yogurt. 

I made a pan-fried banana in coconut oil to go with mine.

Have you ever tried frying banana?

Oh wow, it tastes amazing!

I cooked mine in some coconut oil and added some vanilla extract and cinnamon.

As well as it tasting amazing it is healthy too!!

Pan fried banana, homemade granola, yogurt and blueberries:

  • 1 Large banana, peeled and cut lengthways 
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Coconut Oil 
  • Half of teaspoon of Vanilla extracts 
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon 
  • 2 Tablespoons of water 
  • 30g Home-made granola 
  • 100ml Natural yoghurt 
  • Handful of fresh blueberries 
  • Drizzle with maple syrup or honey ( optional)

  1. In a griddle pan heat the coconut oil up over a medium heat. Stir in vanilla extract. 
  2. Fry the banana for 2 minutes then flip and cook another side for 2 minutes. 
  3. Turn heat to low. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water. 
  4. Turn back to medium heat for 1-2 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate, leave to cool for a few minutes. 
  6. Add yoghurt, granola and blueberries. 
  7. Add a little maple syrup or honey to taste.

Some more ideas to mix up your homemade granola into:

A glass jar full of granola, natural yogurt, and fresh fruit is my favourite.

A sprinkle on top of your favourite fruit treats.

Spoonfuls sprinkled on top of a  smoothie bowl...

Or on its own!!

“This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at Swear By It”



  1. Wow your granola looks amazing!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

    1. Thanks for hosting and stopping by Julie :)

  2. Now this looks just absolutely amazing and so tasty x

  3. Oooh yum! I actually have some coconut oil too and no real clue what to do with it. I also have some left over oats... I think the universe is talking to me!

    1. Hehe, thank you! Hope you get to try this out :)

  4. Wow some amazing idea's I am always trying to bake a bit healthier too!! So I might have a go at some of these recipes.

  5. Looks amazing but I'm not a fan of the taste of coconut x

  6. That looks delicious. I have pot of this and had no idea what to do with it

    1. Thanks Kara, I am loving using it to fry banana's! My new favourite treat :)

  7. Oh this looks amazing and so tasty. I may have to give this a try.

  8. That looks delicious, I'm sure even my fussy eaters would try

  9. That looks delicious, I'm sure even my fussy eaters would try

  10. This looks so yummy! Love that you used coconut oil :)

  11. They looks really great, you have come up with some nice ideas. I am not a massive fan of coconut but am a fan of low calorie snacks!

  12. This sounds really delicious!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  14. HI Claire,
    All these recipes look great and filled with health. I am a real coconut oil lover and even if someone does like the taste of coconut using coconut oil has many health benefits and you do not taste it in recipes. I use organic coconut oil in most baking recipes instead of butter or salad oil and I always have loved the results. I make my own homemade yogurt from raw milk which I love too and use that in smoothie. Your recipes have given me some good ideas to use. I will copy and paste them and save them. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  15. Sounds great, I need to try fried banana!

  16. This looks SO good! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you can join us again this week.


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