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Black and White Granola

Last week I escaped the sticky, dirty heat of New York City for a few days and reintroduced myself to fresh air, stars and the ocean in Montauk.

Life slows down at the beach. The fussy details of living seem less important. I read more, sleep more and spend less time worrying. I also eat more. Especially when there’s a buffet breakfast on offer. A simple buffet of high-quality ingredients prepared and presented with thought is a lovely way to start a day. And that’s what I had in Montauk.

When I wandered in to the dining room on my first morning at the beach I found a large table spread with local produce. Hard-boiled eggs nestled next to a basket of freshly-made croissants. Home-made jam and marmalade were on offer as well as freshly pressed coffee and juice. All delightful. But the centerpiece of the spread was an elegant granola. Breakfast cereal is rarely described as elegant, but this mix of lightly toasted oats, shreds of white coconut and toasted black sesame seeds was eye-catching in it’s simplicity. And it was delicious.

Now I’m back in the city, staring out the window at bricks and steel instead of lapping waves. To retain some of my holiday glow, I’ve recreated the granola from Montauk. Each morning it reminds me to have a little moment of slower, beach-style living.

Black and White Granola

Black and White Granola

This granola is only lightly toasted and not too sweet – just how I like it. But if you favour a sweeter breakfast treat, you can add more honey and toast it for 5 minutes longer.

Honey’s sticky nature can make it difficult to measure cleanly. To make sure your honey ends up in your granola instead of your measuring cup, give the cup a squirt of cooking oil spray. This makes the cup (or spoon) slippery and means your honey will happily slide into your mixing bowl.

This granola would be a lovely addition to your breakfast buffet should you have overnight guests or friends coming over for brunch. Or just make it for yourself, like I did, and enjoy an elegant breakfast.

Black and White Granola

Black and White Granola

Makes about 3 cups


  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking oats)
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 175C/350F. Mix oats, coconut oil, honey and half the stated quantities of shredded coconut and sesame seeds. Spread on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and cook for approximately 15 minutes, until the oats and coconut are lightly toasted. Remove from oven and mix in the remaining shredded coconut and sesame seeds. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container.

Montauk Summer 2012

11 thoughts on “Black and White Granola

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Alaina!

  1. You are such a mind reader. I was just eyeing some granola in the store last night, and trying to decide if it was worth the ridiculous price they wanted to charge me. Now I can make my own! (I think I even have most of this in my pantry!)

    I’m so glad I “met” you from your Freshly Pressed blog recently. I’m loving your recipes!

    1. Amelia says:

      It’s lovely to meet you too! Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the granola.

  2. heybernice says:

    I’m a massive supporter of beach-side living… makes you stop and appreciate the little things, every day! x

    1. Amelia says:

      Your gorgeous beach house would do that Bin!

  3. abuchon says:

    Lovely pictures. Great idea about spraying the measuring cup before pouring the honey. Thank you for the tip. :)

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re welcome

  4. Catherine Wood says:

    Love it love it love it – breaky tomorrow

  5. simple sustenance says:

    I love granola so much that I have stopped making it because I can’t stop eating it. Your pictures and granola look beautiful– simple and delicious.

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