Super Seedy Granola

by Sarah on January 17, 2013 · 10 comments

Seedy motels? Bad. Seedy granola? Good.

And if we are talking about the granola I made during my latest Whole Foods cooking class–

–well, that’s not just good.It’s STRANGE but good.* 😉

*Make sure to check out Laura‘s weekly link-up for more freaky foodie ideas…

What’s so weird about this vegan, oil-free wild combination of oats and ‘every possible seed I can find in the bulk bins I see before me?’

There is a secret, strange ingredient.

and it might seem a little 'nuts' ;)

 Yep, that’s nutritional yeast.

I know most people believe granola should be super sweet. And this one does have a hint of sugar from maple syrup and agave mixed in with the flax (seed) egg and vanilla extract.But after uncontrollably devouring tasting the Scat! Bar granola over the summer, and determining the unusual addition of nutritional yeast MUST be what made it so astoundingly addictive.

So I gave it a try.

i can also thank the company for inspiring the crucial addition of sesame seeds.

And if I told you this granola didn’t super-seed every one of my expectations, well, the fact that only about half of it made it from the pan and into tup-faux-ware for storage would be evidence of my de-seed.*

*De-seed…de-ceit? Maybe? No?Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like the faux cheese that nutritional yeast is often used to create. In fact, as long as you stir it well and avoid any yeasty clumps–although kind of yummy ;)–you probably won’t even notice it is there.But the slightly sweet, subtly spiced, and supremely savory combination of ingredients is something that can only be tasted to trust.

Everyone at my cooking class certainly approved.My recommendation? Make this……and just seed for yourself. :)Super Seedy Granola

[Makes 3 1/2 Cups]

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped pecan pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted pepitas [green pumpkin seeds]
  • 2 Tbsp. hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed + 2 Tbsp. water [flax ‘egg’]
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flax and water.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast, spices, and salt.
  4. Once flax ‘egg’ has gelled, stir into it the maple syrup, agave, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients.
  6. Mix well to coat.
  7. Spread granola out onto an aluminum baking sheet with edges, or a metal baking pan.
  8. Bake 15 minutes, and remove from oven. Stir well.
  9. Return to oven and bake 5-15 minutes more, depending on your oven.
  10. Allow granola to cool completely before storing. [It will continue to crisp as it cools.]
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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Great idea to try adding nooch! I really like making my own granola–so much better than the store bought stuff. And maybe I’m a control freak, but I like being in charge of all the ingredients AND the ratio at which they are used! :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

After putting nooch in my Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie, I think it belong in EVERYTHING! I added it to my carrot cake protein batter last night. And I’ll be adding it to granola now, my brilliant, #strangebutnutty friend.

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Nutritional yeast in granola?! Hmmm I’ll need to try that!

Danica @ It's Progression January 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

yum!! LOVE granola. (aka I have no control around it.)

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

This sounds so good, Sarah. I keep saying I’m going to make granola…I like having a unique recipe. Thanks!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

You know I love nutritional yeast!!! 😉 This granola recipe sounds AWESOME! And I want to come to one of your whole foods demos sometime soon :)

Heather @ Better With Veggies January 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Nooch is the perfect food – it is amazing in everything. Addicting and amazing!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I love granola and nutritional yeast! I have never thought of putting them together. I love this!! Looks so good girl!!

Lindsay's List January 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

i’m the friend of sarah pember – granola making star. i’m cool.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli January 24, 2013 at 4:36 am

I’m kinda on the fence about using nooch in sweet recipes…I’ve used it a couple of times where I thought it worked perfectly, and then other times, it was just not right, but I think in this granola, it would be perfect since it’s not exactly a sweet creation. You’re a genius…that is all! 😉

Oh, and as usual, LOVE the puns! They get me every time!

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