Drunken Berry Granola

Because a spoonful of whiskey makes the medicine go down…

When I was about five or six my family went on a massive camping trip with a couple of other families. We went deep into the Richtersveld which is basically South Africa’s no-man’s land. There is sand, mountains and rocks. It is absolutely gorgeous. Now on this trip one day the adults decided they were going to have a fancy breakfast. They cooked porridge on the fire and added cream that was driven down for thousands of miles. Being all fancy, they added a tot of whiskey to their porridge and had a good ole Scottish breakfast in the heart of an African desert. This always stuck by me and as we returned my teacher asked me about my trip. I didn’t mention anything about the glorious mountains or raging rivers or even the long car rides, all I came up was, “My parents have whiskey for breakfast!”

Needless to say my parents were given a stern talking-to at the next parent-teacher evening and I was given an even sterner taking-to that night at home. But that breakfast still sticks with me as some kind of breakfast of kings, so I decided to make a kind of homage to it.

Now, as most of you will know, granola is not healthy. It may contain seeds and bran and oats but it is drenched in sugar, so don’t think I’m doing a cop-out by going the health route. This recipe is quick and easy as long as you work quick it is truly a gem for when you want to treat yourself on a Saturday morning.


100g Rolled oats

100g Coarse Brown Breadcrumbs

100g Sunflower Seeds

50g Pumpkin seeds

50g Shredded coconut

100g Crushed bran flakes

Dash of cinnamon (according to taste)

A bottle of honey

2 Spoons sugar

400g Frozen berries (any type)

A tot or three of whiskey (optional)

Thick Greek yoghurt

Mix the oats, seeds, coconut, crumbs, bran and cinnamon in a bowl. Add honey and sugar and mix well. Spread evenly in a baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees checking in every five minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it’s a warm brown colour, it’s ready. When the granola is in the oven, put the frozen berries in a warm pan with a tot or two whiskey. Cook for about 5-10 minutes until warm and gooey (almost jamlike). Put the warm granola in a bowl (work quick, if it gets hard it’s a nightmare to get out of the tray) and put the drunken berries on top. Serve with a thick Greek yoghurt. Be sure to put any leftover granola in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week.

Happy eating! 😉

Prep time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes


18 thoughts on “Drunken Berry Granola

  1. Jean says:

    Hysterical story! Out of the mouths of babes! I’m sure you’re not the only one telling that story… your teacher is probably sharing it to this day as well. 🙂
    I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a “good ole Scottish breakfast” with cream, drizzle of honey, and shot of whiskey, a joy on a cold winter morning. You’ve just introduced to me to the perfect summer version!

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