pistachio and apricot granola

June 13, 2010


Wowzers. It is World Cup central right now and I am loving it.
As a country, England tends to go fairly bananas over the World Cup – as do most European and South American nations. It’s a hella big deal. This is the second World Cup that I’ve been in America for.

Last time, in 2006, I was spending my first summer as a graduate hanging out with my boy in Austin for 3 months of sun, football and margaritas before I took off backpacking round the world for 10 months. Wanting to rewind to then juuuust slightly…


This however, is the first where England and the U.S. have actually had to play each other. Phew! That was some tension in our living room today! Three Brits and – oh – ten Americans. Yowzers. Who are you supporting?

I needed some calming down after all that tension and high emotion. (And beer). (Just a little).


I wanted to bake or cook but I ate too many snacks during the game to be hungry for anything. And so I made this granola that I’ve been fantasizing about for a few months.

Yep, months. I haven’t been quite able to get around to it though, mainly because caving in and making my own granola (unlike making my own muesli) inevitably involves the realisation that no, granola is not really healthy. And yes, it does have a ton of sugary, maple syrupy, oily goodness in it. Sigh.


Pistachio and Apricot Granola

Makes about 9 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups raw pistachios, hulled
  • 3/4 cups combination of raw cashews, almonds and pecans
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
  • 1 cup coconut chips
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. Transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. Serve with ricotta and fruit, or Greek yoghurt and honey, if desired.

Still. Worth it? I think so…

Have you ever made your own granola? Favourite kind?
How amazing does this peanut butter and honey version sound?!

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Erica June 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

oh yah! Granola rocks…but definitely needs to be rationed. Yours looks amazing. Love the addition of pistachios. I always use lots of nuts and seeds. So yum!

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loveofbreakfast June 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

i haven't been much of a soccer but the BF's crew is into it so I've kind of caught the fever too. it is pretty fun!

i've made granola before but it never turns out too great. my favorite kind is the orange almond stuff they have in the bulk bins at the co-op. strange flavor combo but tasty!

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Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

That sounds delicious! I have these maple crystals that I've been wanting to use in some granola, but like you, I've just been thinking about it for a few months now! :)

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Jocelyn June 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Ohhh myyy… this looks heavenly! I love the addition of apricots! I love sprinkling granola over yogurt :)

I am totally into the world cup! Def cheering for England!

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Candace June 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

I have never made my own granola before but that looks like complete heaven to me. World cup time does seem to bring up some tensions- even though I'm American I'm currently in Australia & my whole fam is English so my loyalties are a bit all over the place. Usually though I just support the underdog.

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Thinspired June 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Oh my gosh…I have never made homemade granola, but when I do, this will definitely be the recipe I use!

You KNOW that I was forced to watch the World Cup. We were in Vegas for our ANNIVERSARY and Matt managed to find a good viewing spot! Very disappointed with the results :(

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ohonemorething June 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

So my mouth just literally dropped!! PISTACHIOS!! They're my favorite nut :) This is also just another reminder that I need to get my hands on some dried apricots. I was perusing a cookbook yesterday that had the most amazing recipe using pistachios, yogurt, and DRIED APRICOTS.. which I do not have on hand. Nothing a grocery store run can't take care of ;)

I love making my own granola. I love making granola with maple-syrup, dried cranberries, toasted coconut, and white chocolate chips. YUM!

XOXO my love!

p.s. As for the coconut oil.. I practically put it in everything (unless it's savory). I mix it in with soups, oatmeal, baking (makes things nice and moist like for cookies), on a sweet potato (of course hehehe), even on toast + cinnamon (and omg with dried lavender and confectioner's sugar). It's honestly one of my favorite things. Even Matilda likes it lol.

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Holly June 18, 2010 at 9:20 am

you have totally and completely outdone yourself. first, that coconut and lime chicken?!?! GENIUS. those two flavors are like two of my faves.

then this granola…coconut chips? ahhh – i don't think i've ever seen those before! and cardamom, one of my fave spices. pistachios and apricots? gah. loves.

i love you! let's PLEASE catch up this weekend – so much to tell you!

and the U.S. + England tied i see..very appropriate, no?

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