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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Toasty (and Addictive) Olive Oil Granola

There is not much I can say about this granola other than I'm totally obsessed and truly can't get enough.  You just have to make it.

This recipe comes from the lovely Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella cookbook.
It's not as sweet as other granola recipes I've tried, which I like and you can play around with the ingredients, which I have done here and omit or add whatever you like.

First, you'll want to preheat the oven to 300 and line a full sheet pan with parchment paper

In a large bowl I added 3 cups rolled oats - Please don't use the instant kind - 1 cup of slivered almonds, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 4 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, 1 tsp kosher salt and 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Nigella suggests flax seed but I forgot to buy them while at the store. She also adds 2 tsp of ginger in her recipe and suggests whole almonds. My quantities of some of the ingredients are also a bit more than suggested, but you could add or omit whatever suits you. You could even add different kind of nuts than almond and once the granola is cold you could also add in dried fruit or chocolate chips, the possibilities really are endless

Next you will need to measure 1/2 cup of olive oil (extra-virgin) and 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup - not the fake stuff!!

Mix the oat mixture really well before adding the maple syrup and olive oil mixture

Whisk the olive oil and maple syrup until nicely combined 

Pour the maple syrup mixture over the granola mixture and mix until everything is evenly coated, toast in the oven for 30mins, take out the granola and give a gentle toss on the sheet pan, place back in the oven for another 30mins

Let it cool on the pan, then store in an airtight container

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