Baked Nutty Granola with Olive Oil

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Author Notes:
California has an abundance of wonderful tree nuts. On the way to the foothills of the gold country the road is lined with honor stands selling almonds and walnuts and cherries and other fruit. I like the contrast of the sweet nuts and acidic dried cherries or cranberries. But, the secret to the outstanding flavor and what makes it different from other granolas is plenty of olive oil!

Serves about 2-3 pounds

  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 11/2 cups walnuts,chopped and halves
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup coconut chips (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or brown sugar splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients, EXCEPT the dried fruit. which you add after you remove the granola from the oven and it has cooled. Be sure that you use "old fashioned oats" ...not instant.
  3. Spread all the ingredients on a deep baking pan and BAKE in the oven for about 45 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes until starts to turn golden.
  4. Take the mixture out of the oven and then stir in the dried fruit after it is cool.

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over 2 years ago creamtea

This sounds so good and easy. Good & yummy way to use up all the nuts I have in the freezer.


over 2 years ago dymnyno

Thanks! I have been making this for many years. I use my own olive oil. My husband has this for breakfast every day with a dab of yoghurt(everyday except Sunday).


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I missed this one, sounds really good, I love making granola never used olive oil. Next time I make it going to use this recipe. I can really see how the olive oil would give this a delicous and unique flavor. Great recipe.


about 4 years ago dymnyno

I have NO idea why this was entered in the brussels sprouts contest...I did not enter it in the contest and I just want you to know that there are NO brussels sprouts in this recipe!


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Sadly, I'm allergic to nuts, so can't make this one as is, but I'm going to give olive oil a try next time - it sounds like a really interesting flavor addition!! Thanks for sharing!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

Sorry, I forgot about your allergy. Do not want the epi pen involved!!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

I'm going to have to try that olive oil to believe you, but have great faith in you and your terrific recipes!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks, lapadia. The olive oil gives this granola a very unique flavor.


over 4 years ago lapadia

I love this recipe (brussels sprouts - wink) and all!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

I just noticed that this recipe was entered in "best Brussels sprouts" !! I hope that it wasn't true.