I wanted to make something healthy (or at least pretend-healthy) for the children’s lunch boxes. Beth and I made these together yesterday. Then she told me she doesn’t like nuts. Then Sam told me he doesn’t like nuts (this is not true). They wouldn’t eat them. They each have a penguin biscuit in their lunch box today. I am eating the granola bars. And they are lovely.


  • 120g sultanas
  • 30g cranberries
  • 200ml apple juice
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 200g oats (I used an oat/bran mix)
  • 25g toasted sesame seeds
  • 75g toasted sunflower and pumpkin seed mix
  • 25g toasted almond flakes
  • 25g chopped pecan nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

First of all, put the sultanas and cranberries in a small pan, cover with apple juice and simmer for about 12 minutes.

Toast any nuts or seeds as required – make sure they don’t burn!

Pre-heat the oven to 150C. Line a small baking tray.

Melt the butter and sugar together, add the honey. Then add the oats, nuts and seeds, fruit and vanilla extract. Stir well.

Pour the mixture into a your lined baking tray and press down well.

Bake for 25 minutes or so.

Allow to cool before cutting into squares.