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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28 days ago charliebarlie

I've been making this for about a year now and there is nothing better. I do leave out the sugar though, it's sweet enough just using the maple syrup.


2 months ago helicopterina

Just wanted to express undying appreciation for this recipe. It has been a complete & total staple in our home for years now. Follow the 'bones' of this recipe with a sub in of an extra cup of pecans for one of the oats, plus liberal sprinklings of sesame seeds and flax seed, and just some fat pinches of brown sugar. #heaven


3 months ago Windischgirl

I have a double batch coming out of the oven in a few. I followed other posters' advice and used a single portion of oil and maple syrup, and it's sweet enough. Since I love clumps, I stirred in 4 beaten egg whites (left over from Christmas baking and frozen until this day), and spiced it up a la Lip Lady's recipe. Since I bought way too many dried cranberries last month, they will be a a great fruit addition. Also cleaned out my pantry for the nut portion: Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, and almonds to make up the rest. I'm ready for second breakfast!


4 months ago KK

Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. Make it often for my family and friends.


4 months ago janeryanbeck

This is delicious. I just made a double batch with my son - swapping dried cranberries and diced candied ginger for the coconut. We are going to give some as gifts and devour the rest! Any thoughts on how to modify this to create granola bars?


4 months ago Angel

Just finished making this. truly amazing!! I didn't use the coconut and used up a variety of nuts I had in the freezer. a fan favorite at home :)


5 months 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.


6 months 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 :)


7 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.


8 months ago ArdorFarm

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


9 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!


11 months ago AGIRLANDAPIG

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


12 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!


about 1 year 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!


about 1 year ago Horto

what is the egg white tip?


about 1 month ago Sandra

Use egg whites if you like a clumpier kind of granola. You can also reduce fat/oil, and substitute apple sauce for the sweetener.


about 1 year 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.


about 1 year 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!


about 1 year 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!


7 months ago mitchlund

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


over 1 year 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!


over 1 year 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!