Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola

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Author Notes: This recipe, adapted very slightly from Early Bird Foods' best-selling Farmhand's Choice Granola, is like muesli after a vampy makeover. Olive oil, maple, brown sugar and coarse salt form a rich, shaggy crust on wholesome innards like oats, pecans, and coconut shards.Genius Recipes

Makes about 7 cups

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1 1/4 cup raw pecans, left whole or coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt
  1. Heat oven to 300° F.
  2. Place oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, pecans, syrup, olive oil, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Spread granola mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until granola is toasted, about 45 minutes.
  3. Remove granola from oven and season with more salt to taste. Let cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
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about 1 month ago ivalleria

I have been looking for an easy, child-friendly granola. My daughter doesn't like sweets and complains about any dried fruit, so this might work for us.


about 1 month ago krystine

just made this this afternoon, suuuuch a great recipe. I sprinkled some over a scoop of coconut bliss ice cream, to die for :)


2 months ago lydiaencyclopda

Delicious! I halved this recipe due to a rolled oat shortage at home, also used unsweetened coconut flakes in lieu of chips, didn't use salt, and did add chopped dried pineapple. Stirred every 10 minutes on a parchment-lined pan -- cooking time needed to be halved as well. So far have enjoyed as a topping for Greek yogurt and as a cereal with almond milk.


3 months ago ArdorFarm

Yum! Such an easy and versatile recipe. Great way to use up various nuts and seeds!


5 months ago Debbie Erman

My sister and I both use this as "THE GRANOLA" for our families.
Last night we were texting back and forth, telling each other things that only sisters tell, and she finally told me that she had to go to bed because she OD'd on the granola and was now comatose! Ha ha!
She's one of the best cooks I know (along WITH my Cordon Bleu Chef son!) , so it's high praise. I thought that since I was on the site I would share that bit of encouragement for someone who doesn't see by now how much this is a beloved recipe!


7 months ago AGIRLANDAPIG

This is our go-to granola recipe! You have to make this.


8 months ago Katie

This is a brilliant beginning recipe to tweak to your own tastes. I encountered a very similar maple / olive oil granola on Molly Wizenberg's blog Orangette several months ago (perhaps it's the same genesis?). I absolutely love it. I've been making my own slightly simpler version with less sugar, a little less oil, and the addition of almond butter. I also like to stir mine less often so I get more clumps, and only leave it in the oven for 35 minutes for a lighter flavor. Love the other ideas for add-ins though!


8 months ago Nicole

I made a batch a few weeks to go to pack for a ski trip and everyone loved it! I didn't have coconut so I added banana chips, craisins, and golden raisins. I'm making a second batch today, packing it up in mason jars, and spreading the love!


8 months ago Horto

what is the egg white tip?


9 months ago Heatherbee

Wow, delicious! I've never made granola before. My first batch (made exactly as written) just came out of the oven, and I know this will be a staple in our house.


10 months ago Tracie

This is the best granola. I eat it every morning with some fresh bananas and almond milk and I can't get enough!


10 months ago Sue Bibee

I made a recipe for granola about a year and a half ago I found in one of my cooking magazines. It was an article about a restaurant in NY that gives granola as a parting gift after the meal. I loved it and couldn't find it when it was time to make another batch. I have been making different granolas hoping to find something as good, to no avail. FINALLY! My search has ended, this one is really great and gift worthy too. I made an apple gallette for dessert last night and this morning heated it up, put a some plain yogurt on it and sprinkled a generous portion of the granola on top...great breakfast!


3 months ago mitchlund

Eleven Madison gave granola as a gift (great granola).


11 months ago Nickie

Wow! Delicious! I have just made this (no changes) to give as Christmas gifts and my husband has just had to pull me away from it as I can't stop nibbling! I think I'll have to make another batch!


11 months ago stilllifewithwhisk

Amazing! I made the recipe as written except I subbed dried cranberries for the pumpkin seeds (I was out of them). It's delicious!


11 months ago Krystal

I tweaked this recipe just a bit by adding allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg. My house smells wonderful! After pulling from the oven I decided I wanted this batch to be more dessert like and added some bittersweet chocolate before it cooled. This is going on froyo, ice cream, Greek yogurt & on everything else I can think of... oh I also replaced the nuts for pecans, almonds & walnuts... and replaced the fruit with apple juice sweetened cranberries. Okay, maybe I tweaked more than a bit, but still excellent! :)


11 months ago Krystal

One more thing, lol, I used Maldon's smoked grey salt.


about 1 year ago Stacy

As the other commenters have noted... this granola is AMAZING. I'm a granola fiend and I'm so happy to have found it! I have a double batch in the oven right now and my apartment smells incredible. I personally find this too sweet for breakfast - more of a sweet snack - so I cut the brown sugar entirely and reduced the maple syrup down to half a cup. The salt in this recipe (as with so many!) is definitely key. I can't recommend giving this one a shot highly enough. Thank you, Food52, for relaying this recipe!


about 1 year ago hannelore

I too have registered on this site purely to comment on this recipe. OMG I love it. Makes tons but it goes so quickly because its totally delicious. I added a cup of dried cranberries (because I could!). Thanks so much for sharing


about 1 year ago Mary

Love granola. Never made it before. Then I read these comments so I made it. Proceeded to die and go to Granola Heaven! I will never buy store bought granola again! So easy! And absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!


about 1 year ago Marsha Gainey

I first heard about Nekisia Davis and Early Bird Foods granola from a recipe in my local paper. You can see this recipe on my Tumblr page:


It is a stupendous recipe. It's very similar to this recipe, whose intro says is very similar to an Early Bird Foods granola. The intrinsic versatility and deliciousness of the olive oil-maple syrup-salt combo is soooooooo stellar! I'm always down with trying a new granola recipe, but I always make batches of this periodically throughout the year as well.


about 1 year ago Mimi desjardins

This is insanely yummy!!!!!! On my second batch, really loving this, going to make Christmas tins full of this granola and make it into gifts. Thanks for sharing!