I am a huge granola lover. I make my own granola every couple of weeks, and there are few days that go by that don't include any granola. I've made so many different recipes over the years it's difficult to keep straight. Lara got Allison Roman's new cookbook, Dining In, over Christmas and has been enjoying it for several weeks now. We've made a few recipes together and this was one of the first. It's a granola recipe, but a savory one, very different from my usual! It is also very heavy on seeds, with less oats than a traditional granola. I absolutely love the fennel and caraway seeds, they add so much unique flavor, and really help this granola stand out as truly savory. I wouldn't skip them as it would really change the flavor.
I've been sprinkling this granola over pretty much everything and anything. It's great on salads instead of the usual crouton to add a nice crunch, or really added on top of any roasted vegetable. It's also good in yogurt just like traditional granola, I would just probably avoid sweetened and flavored yogurt. I really only eat plain yogurt myself and it's great in that. I have no doubt there are so many other places that would be enhanced by this delicious granola.
I halved the original recipe from the cookbook, just to make sure I liked it enough to use up a whole batch. I do. Because of this I ended up using one whole egg instead of egg whites (it would have been 1.5 egg whites which is just annoying). I also didn't have the nigella seeds it called for, I'm going to keep looking though! The recipe said to just replace these with a little more sesame seeds if you can't find them so that's what I did. This equals out to an additional 2 tablespoons seeds for the half of the recipe.
Decidedly Not Sweet Granola
Adapted from Allison Roman's Dining In
- 3/4 cup (60 grams) oats
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sesame seeds*
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed
- 1 tablespoon ground Aleppo (this is what I used) or Ancho pepper (this is what the original recipe calls for)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to mix until everything is evenly coated. Season with plenty of black pepper.
Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until everything is golden brown and toasty, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely and break any large clumps into smaller pieces before storing in glass jars or ziplock bags.
*If you can find nigella seeds, use 2 tablespoons of nigella seeds, and just 1/4 cup total of the sesame seeds