Thursday, June 18, 2015

Savory Granola!

I'm always looking for something new as far as recipes are concerned......I'm sure many of you are on the lookout, too! I'd been having trouble getting back in the swing of baking/cooking after our little vacation, so I really needed something to inspire me.....
One of the first things I made when I was back in the kitchen was maple granola - I just LOVE that recipe! I'm a muncher - I adore crunchy, salty foods - so just for fun, I decided to google "savory granola" and see if anything came up. Much to my surprise, there were lots of recipes! Where had I been that I didn't know about this new craze? Said to be tasty on salads, in soups and just as a snack, its reputation intrigued me. So tonight I made some up......
My recipe is a combo of a recipe I located, varied according to what I had in my kitchen ....and what I liked (No fennel seeds in my granola...). I've only made it once, but I'm happy with the results. I'd like to try it again with a few changes....maybe sub honey for the agave (for a little more sweetness)....maybe add a touch more cayenne for a little more heat..... My hubby and I have been munching on it as a snack, but I'm anxious to try it on my salad tomorrow for lunch. Love me some crunch! Let me know what YOU think.....Would you make some changes?

Savory Granola
1 ¼ Cups Old-fashioned Oats
¼ Cup shelled pistachios
½ Cup chopped walnuts
½ Cup sunflower seeds (I used salted)
2 Tbsp. raw sesame seeds
¼ Cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) (I used salted)
2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
¼ Cup olive oil
1 ½  Tbsp. agave nectar
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (I used just a little more…)
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 egg white, beaten

 Place all ingredients in the EZ DOH bucket. Turn handle for at least one minute to thoroughly mix ingredients. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour ingredients onto parchment and press together with the back of a spoon. Bake at 325 for about 20-30 minutes, turning once about half way through. When browned, remove from oven and cool. Enjoy on a salad or as a munchie!!


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