I’ve been asked more than once recently if I could recommend a good packaged granola and have had to answer, “no” (I can recommend “rawnola” though!). Almost all granolas out there are filled with ingredients which don’t do us much good and which I certainly don’t have any desire to eat.
I make my own granola fairly often but know not everyone is interested in doing the same, or maybe, just like me, like to keep a packet of good-quality cereal in the cupboard for when you’ve run out and need an emergency cereal fix or quick breakfast.
Spoon Cereals is definitely a company I feel happy to recommend.
They’re a very new company but set to go far it seems – already having secured investment from Deborah Meaden on BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den!
Annie and Johnny are the team behind the company, two cereal enthusiasts believing that breakfast should not be ignored and definitely should not be boring!
The Spoon Cereals range currently consists of 4 products: Fruit + Nut Muesli, Peanut + Apple Granola, Cinnamon Granola and a Granola/Muesli Mix.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bag of their award-winning Cinnamon Granola. This stuff is exactly what I expect from a good granola- ultra crisp, a nice balance of sweet, spice and salt, and very very moreish! I definitely appreciate the short, whole foods ingredients list too [Jumbo oats, Coconut flakes, Hazelnuts, Maple syrup, Rapeseed oil, Vanilla extract, Cinnamon, Salt].
My favourite way to enjoy granola, as boring as it might sound, is simply with sliced banana and non-dairy yogurt or homemade almond milk, but sometimes it’s nice to shake things up…but not too much.
These Granola & Coconut Yogurt Banana Pops are basically my favourite breakfast with a little twist in presentation!
They’re practically as quick to make as pouring a bowl of cereal but do make the morning meal especially fun!
Halve your bananas and stick them on lollipop sticks or skewers, dip in coconut yogurt, roll in cinnamon granola and munch! I froze the bananas when making them for the pictures but actually prefer them fresh (especially now it’s turned cold!). You must use coconut yogurt if serving them fresh though as it’s so thick that it doesn’t drip everywhere.
- Coconut Yogurt (such as Coyo or Coconut Collaborative]
- Granola (Spoon Cereals cinnamon granola recommended!)
- Lollipop Sticks/Wooden skewers
- Halve your bananas and stick each half on a lollipop stick.
- Dip in coconut yogurt (a knife is helpful to spread the yogurt evenly)
- Roll in granola, pressing gently with your hands to stick.
- Serve immediately or freeze and serve frozen.
Spoon Cereals products aren’t stocked all that widely yet, though I have no doubt they’ll be all over the place before too long. For now, check out Harvey Nichols stores across the country or see here for a list of London stockists. You can also buy online directly from their website.
Also, if you’re a fellow Londoner, keep an eye out for their regular pop-up events.
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[Disclosure: Spoon Cereals kindly sent me some free samples of their cereal for review purposes, but, as always, I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own]