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Simply Nut Granola and Coconut Biscuits – Dorset Cereals Giveaway [closed]

3rd September 2015

Today I’m announcing an exciting new collaboration with a British brand that is all about honest, tasty and real food: Dorset Cereals. If you live in UK you will know the brand already; for those new to it, Dorset Cereals have a lovely range of muesli, porridge, granola and bircher products made with real ingredients of the highest quality, no fake flavourings.

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Dorset Cereals have teamed up with Sawdays, the experts in finding the most beautiful, independent places to stay in Britain, for the first Dorset Cereals B&B awards. Each month, 12 shortlisted B&Bs will be posted on the Dorset website where fans can vote to nominate their favourite. The B&B with the most votes each months wins and will be put forward for a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the year.

I have been invited by Dorset Cereals to review one the B&B’s shortlisted by Sawdays and I am going to spend this weekend at the Control Tower B&Bs in North Norfolk. I am really excited to visit Norfolk for the first time and stay in this unique location, a former WWII control tower, which is now a vegetarian B&B! I will tell you all about it here on the blog soon, so stay tuned. But for now I want to share a recipe I created using one of my favourite Dorset Cereals: Simply Nut Granola!

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This granola is made with gently baked oats, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and golden syrup. It’s high in fibre, delicious and suitable for a vegan diet.

I love granola and I want to find ways to eat it during the day, not just for breakfast. One of the things I can’t do without every day are biscuits – I always eat one or two with coffee – so I thought: why not turn this lovely granola into biscuits?

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I adapted the recipe from one I found in Anna Jones’ first cookbook A Modern Way To Eat. I received this book as a gift and shamefully never really looked at it, until recently I realised it was full of beautiful recipes that are perfect for my and my husband’s (mostly) vegetarian lifestyle!

The original recipe is called Flapjack Anzac Cookies. Now I love Anzac Cookies (basically chewy shortbread biscuits with oats), but I love these Granola and Coconut Biscuits more!

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I replaced the plain oats of Anna’s recipe with granola and tweaked the measurements a bit. It worked out really well and my husband declared this recipe a winner! I love the crunchy texture coming from the oat and rye flakes and nuts; and I am happy to have found a brilliant recipe that is wheat-free and dairy-free, as I often need to bake without butter and flour for friends.

Do you want to make this recipe at home? Dorset Cereals are giving you the chance to win a hamper containing 5 boxes of cereals: 1 muesli, 1 porridge, 1 granola and 2 tasty toasted.

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Photo credits @ Dorset Cereals

All you have to do to enter this competition is  to leave a comment on this post, sharing your favourite Sawdays B&B or suggestions on things to do in Norfolk.

The winner will be picked at random and the competition is only open to UK residents. Only one entry per person will be considered. Competition ends on Wednesday 9th September 2014 at 19:00 GMT.

Good luck to everyone and I hope you will love this recipe! :)

Ingredients

  • 125g white spelt flour
  • 80g Dorset Cereals Simply Nut Granola
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, granola, coconut, sugar, raisins and bicarbonate of soda. I soaked the raisins in water first to soften them, then drained the water out.

Melt the coconut oil in a small pan and let it cool down a little, then add the maple syrup. Pour the oil into the bowl of dry ingredients slowly, pouring half of it at first, stirring with a wooden spoon, adding a bit more or all if you think it’s necessary. You want the dough to be a bit crumbly, but sticky and not too wet.

Using a tablespoon and your hands, form the dough into balls. Place them into the baking trays, leaving space in between for them to spread.

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Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow to cool down before transferring them to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

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  • Niki Shore

    Things to do in the area around sawdays.co.uk shorlisted Control Tower B&B – special event this weekend – scenic train Grand
    Steam Gala (if you get a special evening train from Sheringham you can even eat local fish & chips onboard) – in a couple of weekends there is a 1940’s weekend and in december there are Santa Specials great for kids big and small! Wildflower Centre and
    tea room at Letheringsett; antique shops in Holt; local brews at The Real Ale Shop; the beaches of Burham Ovary Staithe, Wells-next-the-Sea and Stiffkey; Blickling Estate- National Trust red-brick mansion with one of the most important book collections in the
    country set in magnificent gardens.

  • CB

    Sounds delicious xx

  • Fede Pastabites

    I don’t know the area that well, but I think there’s loads to visit including (for the medievalists like me out there) a stunning 11c priory (Castle Acre). Also I have heard it’s a very dog friendly region and the beaches are beautiful so one day I’d love to take Amber for a beach stroll :)

  • Tun

    Looks yummy and healthy! Visited Norfolk a couple of years ago and my favourite places are The Broads and Norwich.

  • Teresa

    Love the look of these! X
    Have never been around Norfolk but I’ve heard Blickling Estate is stunning!

  • serena

    I really like Northern beaches- even if you can’t bathe, the smell and colour of the sea is so great and vibrant. I have looked at Instagram pics, and the Norwich beach looks amazing…

  • Selena

    I love Sawdays Hill Cottage B&B. Such a romantic getaway by the coast with lots to see and do nearby being near the woodlands and the water!

  • Laura

    I’ve never been to Norfolk but I am visiting my boyfriend’s dad in Norwich soon so I’m hoping to see some of the area whilst I’m there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a beach trip! The Old Harbour View looks like a great B&B in Dorset (I also spotted that they have a tree-house section of the website which may be fun for next summer!). Looking forward to seeing the photos of your trip!

  • Sally Gurteen

    Ooh, I’ve never been to Norfolk but always thought Cley-On-Sea sounded like a wonderful place to visit! If I could drive, I’d have been there a hundred times already.

  • Charlotte

    Mmm, these look so good Giulia!

  • Hannah

    These look incredible! I’ve not found gluten free Dorset cereals before, but have heard they do them! Might need to try it out!
    I’ve actually never been to Norfolk, but recently some friends did and the ocean views looked breath taking! I’m a coastal girl, do I’d visit the sea!

  • Rachel

    I had a wonderful weekend in norfolk many years ago – we stayed at Brancaster and went to the charming little village Cley next the sea where we had a lovely pub lunch…! Travelled onto Cromer where we had fish and chips on the seafront and ended the weekend in the historic city of Norwich!

  • nuvola bianca

    Never been to Norfolk but definitely would love to walk on the coastal path and explore the beaches as I miss the sea! Also I would love to visit the The Wash National Nature Reserve.
    I was looking through the sawdays B&B in Norfolk and my favorite would be The Old Rectory. Good for the whole family!!!

  • Katy Riddle

    I visited Norfolk very briefly a few years ago and visited a fantastic pub called The White Hart – I would love to return for another meal and a proper explore of the area as there were lots of lovely farm shops around too! As a Dorset girl I love Dorset Cereal (especially the Simply Fruity!) – these granola and coconut biscuits look delicious, thanks for the fab recipe Giulia!x

  • Felicity Spector

    I always have Dorset cereal when we’re judging the Great Taste Awards and stay overnight in Shaftesbury – with a bit of yoghurt it makes an ideal breakfast before a day judging a random selection of food! Love Norfolk too – have friends in Diss and near Burnham Market, two ends of a very diverse county.

  • Alessandro Schmitt

    i love Dorset cereals too, but I actually never thought of doing anything else with them but splash them with milk or cover under an avalanche of yoghurt. nice tip!

  • Ian

    I like to use Dorset Cereals in my flapjacks. Best thing to do in Norfolk? The Alan Partridge radio show surely! 😂

  • Paolo

    I love Dorset Cereals! The Simply Nutty Muesli are my favorite but I’d be very keen to try the whole range! ;) I’ve heard great things about Norfolk, and having seen a few pictures from your trip there made me realise that there are so many beautiful beaches I’d really like too see… Too bad summer’s practically over here in the UK! One things I’d be keen to visit though is definitely the RAF – Air Defence Radar Museum, and if I had the chance to go there with a few friends I’d probably consider renting this lovely “Tack Rooms, Stables and Piggery” barns.

  • Wendy Lee-Warne

    Lovely recipe! Always love a great Anzac cookie! Charles loves it! As for Norfolk, I have never been but would love to check out the restaurants there! Heard or rather read about Morston Hall and would love to check it out!

  • Sonia

    love Dorset Cereals in my mylk with fruit, pretty simple but really good!
    Sorry, I have never been to Norfolk but I am happy to read the other suggestions :)

  • emily omara

    my fav b&b for sawdays is the treehouse in france, check out this amazing blog on my stay in France! http://blog.sawdays.co.uk/post/123727886523/from-london-to-lyon-the-french-trip-of-a

  • Samuel Opiyo

    Looks delish!

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