Killer Granola


What makes a granola a killer granola? I’m so glad you asked!

 

One that includes butter, crunchy coconut and a bounty of seeds.

Toasted coconut is buttery enough, but coated in a brown sugar, butter and mixed with golden oats?

Killer, indeed.

And we’re off!

Let’s gather the ingredients.

Chop up the walnuts or use any other nut you want! I love a good toasted walnut, don’t you?

Melt butter in a pan, add in the walnuts, toss to coat. I’ve never done this to a granola before.

I like where this is going.

And then we add the sugar. Hummina Hummina. Stir in the vanilla at the very end.

We do this so we don’t burn off the vanilla taste. That would be a waste of vanilla.

Now we get the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

Would you just LOOK AT THOSE GLAZED WALNUTS?!!

Mix really well and then spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

And we’re toasted! You see those coconut flakes? Cooper picks them all out and eats them.

I really don’t blame the kid. I need to make him his own tray of toasted coconut.

I had this granola for breakfast for a week straight with plain yogurt & a peach plum compote.

I was sad when I ran out. You would be too.

Killer Granola

makes 3 cups granola

recipe slightly adapted from The Cheese Board Collective Works Cookbook

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the salt over low heat. Add the chopped nuts, increase the heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Add the honey and brown sugar, reduce the heat to low, and stir until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Add the sugar mixture and toss until the oats are evenly coated.

Spread the granola evenly on the prepared pan. Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir to redistribute the granola. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store the granola in an airtight container.

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  • September 4, 2012

    I make a lot of granola, including a variation with butter, but I’ve never thought to glaze the walnuts. What an excellent, decadent granola addition–I’d say it’s right up there on par with crystallized ginger and cacao nibs (not together!) as a fancy-er up of granola.

  • September 4, 2012

    Oh this does look KILLER!! I’ve always just bought my granola ready made, but I am so gonna ditch the laziness for 5 minutes and make this!

  • September 4, 2012

    Brown sugar, honey, oats, coconut…yes, this is killer granola for.sure. I bet your house smelled amazing while it was baking!

  • September 4, 2012

    This looks like such a fiiiine recipe! Love this idea!

  • September 4, 2012

    Hummina Hummina indeed! I’m going to make this for my kiddos tomorrow! Thanks again Tracy!

  • September 4, 2012

    Making granola is one of my favorite things. So easy and such a delicious reward. I will have to give this one a shot! I’ve never seen granola made quite like that either. Thank you so much!

    • Tracy
      September 4, 2012

      Amen!

  • September 4, 2012

    i think i really need this in my life, and I need to make it soon! I’ve been eating yogurt and granola for awhile now as my midmorning snack, and this would be a welcome addition. Although, when I saw the first picture, I was really scared, thinking that you had put bacon pieces in the granola. Thank GOODNESS I was way off!

    • Tracy
      September 4, 2012

      Haha! The coconut is pretty hearty/savory though!

  • September 4, 2012

    Tracy, thanks so much for posting this!!! I was seriously just looking for a granola recipe. I can’t wait to make this!

    • Tracy
      September 4, 2012

      You’ll love this one!

  • September 4, 2012

    Thank´s for share this recipe!! Good, Good, Good!!
    Kisses

  • jenny
    September 4, 2012

    I’ve been hooked on your coconut almond granola for a while, but now I’m sorely tempted to change things up with this recipe. those walnuts look INSANE.

    • jenny
      September 11, 2012

      follow-up: I made it. it was totally killer! but where did you find your black sesame seeds? I could only find the white ones (I checked Whole Foods and TJ’s), and while I’m sure the flavor is just as good, it wasn’t quite as pretty as yours. please enlighten me!

      • Tracy
        September 11, 2012

        I actually got mine at Whole Foods! Weird. They are in the Asian section in a big plastic tub. If you have a good store around you that has bulk spices, you can find them really cheap. I wish I could just give you some. I have TOO MUCH.

        • jenny
          September 12, 2012

          good to know! thanks, tracy. yeah, they had some black sesame seeds in a tiny jar in the asian section, but they were mixed with seaweed flakes. yuck and no thanks. I’ll ask at customer service the next time I go. :)

      • Streamlined Girl
        May 18, 2013

        Try Penzey’s spices for black sesame seeds. They are good quality, very fresh and the price is good if you consolidate a lot of items to get cheaper shipping. I always do mail order but they also now have a few stores across the US. I also get all my vanilla from them.

        Great granola! I’m going to make it again as soon as I find the time!

  • September 4, 2012

    Granola is one of my favorite things to eat. I love the big coconut flakes.. I’d pick them out too :)

  • September 4, 2012

    ahhh Tracy, this looks so delicious and amazing!

  • September 4, 2012

    just made a batch last night. no boxed substitute for the homemade stuff! looks so perfect!

    • Tracy
      September 6, 2012

      seriously!

  • September 4, 2012

    Oh, what a great idea to caramelize the walnuts beforehand! You really can’t beat homemade granola – way better than store bought.

  • September 4, 2012

    i love everything about this post, most especially use of the term “hummina hummina.”

    have never gone the butter route in granola, but i think it’s high time to try. thanks for the inspiration!

  • brandi
    September 4, 2012

    my mouth is watering! i always love your granola recipes and i’m sure this one will be no exception.

    i also really LOVE the 1st photo. well done!

  • September 4, 2012

    Woooooow, walnuts like this are KILLER! I am so excite4d about this, and I could not be more serious. This is my granola making week, just ran out. I am making my go to olive oil granola, and now THIS. I would never have thought to do that to the walnuts, and I can’t imagine a better way to do it. Yum Yum Yum:).

  • September 4, 2012

    Niiiiiccccce!!

  • September 4, 2012

    The first, and only, time I’ve made granola I cooked it too long and everything had a burnt taste and the dried cranberries were rock hard. Total granola fail!
    I am excited to give this a go, I hope for better results this time. Live and learn right?!

    • Tracy
      September 4, 2012

      Out the cranberries in after you baked the granola! They don’t need to be cooked. You’ll find much better results that way.

      • September 10, 2012

        Oh gee, silly me! hahah thank you so much for the tip!!!

  • Amanda Barkey
    September 4, 2012

    yum! I have never made granola like that before- looking forward to trying this one when my granola runs out! ps- you said hummina hummina… :)

  • September 4, 2012

    Delightful. Will be trying this for sure!

  • September 4, 2012

    Love this idea! I make granola a lot & I’m getting super bored with my usual recipe. I could step it up a notch just by glazing the walnuts!

  • September 4, 2012

    I’ve been waiting for a good granola recipe to try and this one look not-too-oaty, which is the problem I’ve had with a lot of other granolas.

  • Nicole H.
    September 4, 2012

    The photos for this post were killer, especially the first one. Very clever. Nice job:)

  • Christine Ross
    September 4, 2012

    I just made this today. It is scrumtious. My kids love it. I might have to stash some away before it’s completely gone. Thanks for the recipe. I love your blog!!!

  • Jane M
    September 4, 2012

    ***sigh***. I soooooo need this breakfast. I’m going thru a VERY rough time and this breakfast looks like just what the doctor ordered!

  • September 4, 2012

    I’m making this. Right now. I drooled a bit reading this. YUM.

  • September 4, 2012

    Hummina hummina is right!

    I honestly had never heard of black sesame seeds until recently, and now I’m seeing them everywhere! (Isn’t it funny when that happens?)

  • Carrie
    September 4, 2012

    Super excited to make this!

  • September 4, 2012

    Holy mackerel was this delicious. I just moved (Sunday) and this was the first thing I officially made in our new place. It might be my new favorite version. Gracias.

  • September 5, 2012

    This looks amazing Tracy! My mum used to make granola for us all the time when I was little! So great.
    Sidebar: not sure what is going on, but every time I visit your page (for the last week) it causes my computer to freeze up for about a minute. No other pages do that. Maybe its just me, but incase not, just a heads up :)

  • September 5, 2012

    I am SO overdue for a granola making afternoon – DOING THIS!

  • September 5, 2012

    That looks so good! But I’m terrified to make it. If I have granola in the house, I can’t NOT yolo it all.

    • Tracy
      September 5, 2012

      jar it up. give it to friends. save some for yourself!

  • September 5, 2012

    I love granola and I’m going to try this because you made it sound so enticing. I mean how can you not make a recipe labeled “killer granola”.

    My favorite granola and one that I top on my go lean crunch every day is Cafe Fanny. I hate the price tag, but love the granola.

    xo,
    Jackie

    • Tracy
      September 5, 2012

      haha! My thoughts exactly. They had me at killer! I’ll have to try that granola. I’ll look out for it.

  • carolyn!!
    September 5, 2012

    hey shutts! i love granola. the killer buttery version is major. and while, i’ll definitely have to try out this recipe, i might first toast up a batch of coconut flakes–cooper is on to something. thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth
    September 5, 2012

    Oh my goodness does this look good!! I have everything on hand except the black sesame seeds. Where can I find them? I live in the Bay area. Thanks!

    • September 5, 2012

      Hi Elizabeth-
      I have found them at Mitsuwa in San Jose. It is a Japanese grocery store that has all sorts of lovely stuff. You can get a giant jar of black sesame seeds for not too much money. It is right of 280 near the Saratoga exit in San Jose. Totally a fun place to explore.

    • Tracy
      September 5, 2012

      I picked up some at Whole Foods. The giant jar was less than $5. I think you can also find them at Cost Plus World Market and see what Nicole recommends!

      • Elizabeth
        September 5, 2012

        Thanks so much Tracy and Nicole!

  • September 5, 2012

    Looking good…looking good. I can’t wait to try this one out! Calvin is totally into granola bars these days, but maybe I can convert him to the real thing. Loves.

  • September 5, 2012

    I love two things the most: the title picture with the empty space for text, and the use of the phrase “hummina hummina”

    Off to make myself some toasted coconut!

  • tbeth
    September 6, 2012

    Do you buy coconut flakes, or shave it yourself from a whole coconut? If you buy … where, please?

    • Tracy
      September 6, 2012

      I can get them at our local Whole Foods. Do you have one near you?

  • Molly
    September 7, 2012

    Is there a taste difference Btwn the black vs white sesame seeds?

  • September 7, 2012

    Tracy – I think we’re granola kin because I made a pretty similar granola last week while cleaning out the pantry!

  • September 7, 2012
  • Dale
    September 9, 2012

    Had to emerge from “lurkdom” to comment – this granola is dead easy to make and delicious. I’m eating a bowl right now for my brekkie – although the black sesame seeds floating around in the milk do look like some fruit flies up and died in my bowl. I switched out the walnuts for pecans and ate about half of them while the granola was still cooling. Love the site Tracy.

  • September 10, 2012

    Butter, honey, walnuts, coconut???? What’s not to love! Awesome recipe, and photos! I’ll be trying this soon!

  • September 14, 2012

    That flaked coconut is calling my name!

  • November 29, 2012

    I loved it so much, I blogged about it, too! Thanks, Tracy!

    http://withthepoodlesalready.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-tree-is-up-holidays-are-in-full.html

  • Lyf
    December 7, 2012

    Mine took 45 minutes in the oven because I expected the usual dark browning of granola but I took it out before it got burnt. So delicious! Love your site I’m glad to ave discovered it.

  • August 11, 2013

    I happen to have black sesame in the house. Killer gronola, you’re gonna kill me… in my tummy.

  • November 22, 2013

    Hi Tracy: If you are making this granola as a gift, how early in advance can you make it? Will it keep in Ziploc bags for several weeks? Thanks!

    • Tracy
      November 22, 2013

      It should! And if you’re ever worried about freshness, you can totally freeze granola.

  • teresa
    December 15, 2013

    i die! i must make a few jars for holiday gifts. do you happen to know if i can ship it? or how long it lasts? i don’t want it to travel 4 days and arrive near its expiration date. thanks!

  • Jenny
    April 6, 2014

    I accidentally bought quick oats instead of rolled oats. Tracy, do you think that would be a problem in this recipe since the quick oats are smaller pieces?

    • Tracy
      April 6, 2014

      Just go with it!! I don’t think it would be a catastrophe. Just a little different. Lemme know!

  • Sue M
    April 10, 2014

    Woof. I’m SOOOOOOOO disappointed in my results with this recipe :( Am trying to figure out why it’s all so dry but maybe I let the sugar and honey mixture cool for too long. It tastes yummy but doesn’t resemble any granola I’ve ever made or seen. Oh well -live and learn!

  • Amberlee
    May 14, 2014

    This looks s’wonderful! I’m loving how many gluten free options that you have on here. YAY!

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