06/01/2015 15:14 GMT | Updated 08/03/2015 05:59 GMT

Easy Breakfast Granola Muffins


Image by Holly Bell

There's nothing I hate more than a January diet. Apart from dry January bores. For I am a January baby, forever condemned to live out my days attending birthday celebrations where friends toast me with an orange juice. So, in the spirit of ignoring any abstinence I offer you these sunshine granola breakfast muffins. They're lemony and light and soft. Perfect for breakfast. And they're not fried in any way, so surely they'll pass the January diet police?

I made a lovely video with the Scoff folks to show off how to make these muffins. You can see the vid on my YouTube channel and also the Scoff one. You can watch it below too.

Lots of great recipes like this in my book, Recipes from a Normal Mum, out now... on Amazon, at Waterstones, WHSmith, The Book Depository and many smaller outlets.

Makes 12


  • 260g plain flour
  • 220g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g granola
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 80mls vegetable oil
  • 420mls milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • To top - 75g granola


Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6 and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cases. Mix together the dry ingredients (including the granola) until well combined. Mix together the wet ingredients and set aside for 5 minutes. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. (Don't over stir as this can result in a tough muffin!) Pour the mixture into a jug to make it easier to fill the cases.

Pour the mixture gently into the cases and sprinkle a little granola on the top. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until well risen and brown. Cool out of the tray on a wire rack. Can be eaten warm or cold!

Holly blogs at Recipes from a Normal Mum