Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sesame Seed Granola

I could live off granola. For realz. Whenever I go shopping the thing that is always the most expensive on my receipt is the (lbs. of) granola . There are two mouths to feed in this apartment... y'know. I've attempted homemade granola a few times in the past, but I had always used the cheap and shitty economically feasible quick oats. This time I got some rolled oats from the bulk bins at Whole Foods (which I'm sure are contaminated with gluten in some way, but I'm not rolling in the cash, so these will have to suffice...)
Some of the ingredients before baking.
I had some raw pumpkin seeds that have been sitting around the kitchen for far too long and threw those into the mix. The granola could use a little extra iron anyways.

Umm... also notice the abundance of sesame seeds in my mixture photo above. Although there are others nuts and seeds in this granola, the majority of the seeds are indeed... you guessed it - sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are chock-full of nutrients including magnesium, iron, manganese, and calcium. They are also a great source of copper, which plays an important role in collagen formation, among other things.


  • 4 cups rolled oats (not the quick-cooking kind)
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar or sucanat
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
        Liquid-y Ingredients (to be melted in small saucepan on stove, or microwave)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or some other nut butter)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a huge bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. 
  3. Place all the liquid-y ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it starts to boil and is mixed. Remove from heat and add to the oat mixture.
  4. I split the mix onto two baking sheets, and baked for 30 minutes. 
  5. After the first 30 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Bake for 15-20 more minutes until golden in color. Yum!

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