Olive oil may be a surprising ingredient for granola, but trust me, it adds a savory element to this recipe (and no, it doesn’t make everything taste like a salad!). I primarily use granola with yogurt and fresh fruit, so I don’t usually use dried fruits in my mix. If you enjoy dried fruit in your granola, I recommend stirring them in at the last five or ten minutes of baking. Raisins, goji berries, candied peel… really the options are endless, and completely up to your taste!
4 cups rolled oats
½ cup walnuts, crushed into small pieces
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
¼ cup brazil nuts, crushed into small pieces
½ cup oil of your choice (I recommend trying extra virgin olive oil)
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt (or pink Himalayan salt)
¼ cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 300ºF.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to thoroughly combine.
Carefully spread the mixture over a large baking sheet. A glass baking dish may be used, but it slows the baking slightly, so keep that in mind and adjust your baking time accordingly.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the granola is all a dark golden brown and sounds dry when stirred, stirring carefully ever 10 minutes.
Remove from oven allow to cool COMPLETELY before packaging. This will ensure the granola remains crispy.
Enjoy in parfaits, sprinkled on ice cream, or just dig right in as it is!