Homemade Strawberry Granola Bars

My fiancé loves cereal bars because it means he can have breakfast on the way to work, but I’ve found that the choice in the supermarket is pretty rubbish – they’re either cheap and pathetic, tasting like cardboard and about the size of a chocolate finger, or they’re fancy and stuffed with chocolate but really expensive. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, and actually it turned out to be fabulously easy, not to mention much better value for money. It would also be a great lunchbox item, as the cereal's really filling and you can pack the fruit in.

500g granola or other cereal of your choice
200g mixed dried fruit
60g butter
80g honey
80g soft brown sugar
½ tsp salt
A sprinkle of cinnamon
Golden syrup

Makes 9 squares or 12 smaller bars

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can customise it with your favourite cereal – I found some fabulous strawberry granola in the supermarket, as well as yummy mixed fruit with cranberries and apricots, but you could go for cheerios, rice crispies, cornflakes or porridge oats, as well as any dried fruit, nuts or chocolate you fancy.

Start by measuring out the butter, honey, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a bowl and microwaving in 30 second blasts, stirring each time, until you have a smooth golden mixture. Keep going until the sugar has completely dissolved so that the mixture is no longer grainy.

Next, measure out the cereal and dried fruit in a large bowl and add the butter and honey mixture, plus a generous dollop of golden syrup. Mix thoroughly so that the cereal is well-coated.

Grease a square brownie tin and line with greaseproof paper, and then scrape out the cereal mixture into the tin and press down into an even layer with a rubber spatula. Drizzle with a little more golden syrup, then pop it in the fridge and leave for about an hour, or until the mixture is pretty much solid.

Finally, lift out carefully and cut up with a sharp knife. I'd suggest wrapping the pieces in tinfoil to make them really easy to grab for breakfast or lunch.