Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Olive Oil Granola with Pistachios & Cherries

I am the procrastinator of all procrastinators. I keep thinking how much I’d love to make homemade granola. Once, I even wrote a list of “Things to Do Over The Weekend“, in which I included “make homemade granola“. But, in true procrastination, I never have. I guess one of the reasons I’ve yet to make granola is, while a lot of recipes appealed to me, none really SPOKE to me…until now.

I like to read the NYTimes Dining & Wine guide on my iPhone while laying in bed, before falling asleep. So when I saw the recipe for this granola made with olive oil, touted as being a sweet & salty snack, I knew immediately, the procrastination must cease! I love olive oil, and I do 95% of my cooking with it. It’s heart healthy, and I’ve grown to love the flavor.

Luckily I had enough ingredients on hand to customize this granola to my liking. I didn’t have much maple syrup, so I added in some honey, and I only had about 2 cups of oats, so I scaled down the recipe from the original. That’s an advantage of granola, you can add the ingredients and amounts YOU choose to suit your liking. This was very quick and simple to prepare, once I hulled the pistachios. I can’t wait to go to the grocery to restock my oatmeal & maple syrup, because I am sure I’ll be making more of this addictive snack very soon!

PS. Katie, my Louisville-Lady, YOU MUST TRY THIS. NOW. You would love it!


Olive Oil Granola with Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds, & Dried Cherries

adapted from The New York Times


2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups raw pistachios, hulled & coarsely chopped
1/2 raw sunflower seeds, hulled
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (freshly ground is amazing)
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries and/or raisins


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, maple syrup, honey, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

Transfer granola to a large bowl and add dried cherries/raisins, tossing to combine. Serve atop greek yogurt, fresh ricotta, or anything you'd like.

Admit it. You want to lick the screen and see if any granola sticks to it.

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11 Responses to “Olive Oil Granola with Pistachios & Cherries”

  1. 1
    Liesl — July 14, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    I licked, but nothing stuck!! :o)

    Looks yummy…I love that little bowl by the way!

  2. 2
    Katie — July 14, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    Yummy! You know me well. This looks like a great pre-marathon snack! 😉 I'm definitely going to try this one, and substitute agave nectar for the maple syrup and honey. However, the nectar has a thinner and has a less sticky consistency do you think that will make a difference??

  3. 3
    Marta — July 14, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    I know what you mean about recipes "speaking" to you, the same happens to me with cinnamon rolls 🙁
    This granola looks delicious, I love homemade granola because it's so adaptable and versatile, I had never seen it with cardamom, but I'll try it now for sure!
    This is a lovely site, I'll continue to visit you 🙂

  4. 4
    Cate — July 15, 2009 @ 1:49 am

    I've been meaning to make granola for awhile now…and this likes the perfect recipe to start with!

  5. 5
    eatlovejump — July 15, 2009 @ 1:55 am

    This looks YUM! From one queen of procreastination to another (although really, if there were a procrastination competition, I think I'd win) – nice to 'meet' you and encounter your blog. Homemande granola has been on my virtual list of things I'd like to make one day for EVER. So..maybe I'll try this recipe…thanks!

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    ♥Rosie♥ — July 16, 2009 @ 5:29 am

    You are not alone I have so many things bookmarked to make and homemade granola is one of them. This looks like a great to try for my first time around.

  7. 7
    EMC — July 24, 2009 @ 11:27 am

    I've been dying to make homemade granola, but adding pistachios means I can no longer procrastinate–I'll be trying this immediately!!

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  10. 8
    Zoe — February 28, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    Oh shoot…can’t decide to make this one or your pumpkin one first!!

  11. 9
    Beth — April 9, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    I’m a new granola maker & made this recipe last night. Holy crap I can’t believe how amazingly delicious it is! I’m lucky enough to have a dad who makes maple syrup … some of this year’s yield in it makes it even more awesome. Thank you!

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