Food52 Genius Recipe #9 Olive Oil & Maple Granola

Why hasn't anyone told me how great homemade granola is?! Okay, plenty of websites and podcasts have, but I just got around to making it for the first time. I've always enjoyed different flavors and types of granola bars, so naturally it would make sense that I would like homemade granola too. Making it couldn't be any easier. You gather a bunch of ingredients, mix them in a bowl, pour whatever liquids are in the recipe (if any), mix it all together, and then spread out on a rimmed sheet pan. I lined mine with some parchment paper for easy clean up.

It took some searching to find the ingredients in our normal grocery stores. I really wish we had a Wegmans or more luxury grocery store in our area. You would think raw hulled sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut chips, and pumpkin seeds wouldn't that be hard to find. I was able to find salted hulled sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and salted pepitas, so I just didn't add salt to the mixture. The fear was adding additional salt would make the granola too salty after baking. It was a good decision because it came out great. Not only did it taste great but the house smelled wonderful. 

Now I have a tasty snack or even breakfast that will last in an airtight container for up to a month. I don't foresee there being any left in a couple of weeks. There's a very good chance I'll make this exact recipe again, but the possibilities for granola are endless. 

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