April 26, 2011

Apricot Pistachio Granola

hi my name is tracy and I'm a granola addict

Hi, my name is Tracy and I’m a granola addict. It’s been 3 minutes since I ate my last handful of granola. I gave away as much as I could, but somehow a jar made its way onto my desk and I CANNOT close the lid. You too would have a hard time staying away if you had a chance to taste toasted coconut, roasted pistachios, walnuts, and oats covered in a spicy/sugary glaze mixed with a hint of salt. Did I mention there’s olive oil in this granola?? I simply cannot be trusted with what’s left of this jar. Someone please call for an intervention. I NEED IT.

And we’re off!

Get your ingredients together!

getting ready to make granola

Pour all of the dry stuff in a bowl with the oats. You’ll add the apricots at the very very end. Look there’s salt!

gathering it all together

Pour in the olive oil.

hello olive oil

And here comes the maple syrup.

hello maple syrup!

Stir thoroughly.

mix mix mix

Spread the granola on a large baking sheet and bake! Stir every 10 minutes during the 45 minute bake time.

off to the oven with you!

Look at that! You made granola! Now stir in the chopped apricots.


Let it cool and transfer the granola into a few jars. Give one away!

two containers FULL

And quick!!! Find a bowl with yogurt in it! Top the bowl with a HEAPING PILE of granola.

a perfect brekkie

It’s nice to know that I have friends with granola addictions too.

Apricot Pistachio Granola

Makes about 9 cups

(recipe slightly adapted from In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, by Melissa Clark)

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup coconut chips
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 300F. In a large bowl, mix the oats, pistachios, walnuts, coconut, maple syrup olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom together until well combined. Spread the granola mixture onto a very large baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, making sure to stir the granola every 10 minutes. The granola is done when the mixture is golden brown. Add the chopped apricots and toss well. You’ve got some tasty granola now! GO YOU!

  • erica

    um, you are going to send that other jar to me, right? 🙂

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    I definitely have a granola addiction too 😀 That granola looks so beautiful – I love the colors. I see granola in my future. Mmmm… I can’t resist!

  • Vanessa

    I was just thinking that I needed to make granola.. Love the addition of pistachios!

  • Marguerite

    I cannot believe this! I started reading In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite last night and came across this very recipe in the breakfast chapter. It looks like a keeper. Love your striped tray.

  • Michelle

    Damn, I love a good crunchy granola for a snack!

  • Cathy

    Oh, holy yumminess!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food

    oh my goodness that looks heavenly! I love how chunky it is and you can see and taste all of the different ingredients.

    Also love the use of olive oil, why not use a flavorful oil! 🙂

  • Jessica W

    Barring I don’t eat it all immediately, how long does this stay fresh for?

    • Tracy

      I would say up to a week. My first batch is already gone and the batch I made today is almost done with….I wish I could be more help!

  • Katrina

    This looks so tasty! i love switching up my granola. Thanks!

  • vineelasiva

    Never tried an tasted this granolas will give a try Tracy.

  • Erica

    Our family loves granola as well! We will have to try this recipe…it sounds delicious!

  • heidileon

    well, it looks like granola is taking over the world!, I’ve just published another granola recipe….but who can we blame of this granola domination when its taste is almost addictive, right?

    loving the fact you used pistachios and apricots. lovely combo I will try next time I’ll bake another batch

  • Dana

    I used to have a fave granola recipe and thought I would never stray from it. Then I made this one. It is totally to die for! It’s my new standard and favorite. Miss you!

  • Rachel

    Yay for granola! I posted about my adaptation of this recipe this week too! I definitely want to try it with pistachios next time.

  • Blanka

    I’ll tell you a secret… I can’t stay alone with a jar full of granola near to me (and it is the same even if it behind me!)… I don’t even need to be alone. I can’t help myself, I love it. I am addicted to granola with chocolate pieces… or with toasted almonds… cranberries… yummy!

  • melanie

    i’m totally addicted to granola. instead of ice cream before bedtime, i eat granola. truth.

    i really like pumpkin seeds in my granola. so so tasty and pretty.

  • Marianne @ Meal Mixer

    Oooh! That’s next! Although I’ve never seen coconut chips…will have to check if Whole Foods carries such a thing.

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I really want to make my own granola and this looks amazing!

  • Shirleen

    I must admit I’ve never been a granola kinda gal. But your photos look amazing, and you make it sound so simple and delicious…that me thinks I’m going to give this a go!

  • Cham

    Hi, Tracy! Long time reader from Philadelphia here; however this is my very first time commenting. Seems like a silly reason to prompt a comment, but I noticed in the last picture of the granola paired with the yogurt that it looks like you topped it off with a liquid. It is honey? syrup? agave nectar? I have noticed this before and am dying to know.


  • Megan Gordon

    Yep, yep, basically love this recipe (try without the sugar, too — probably won’t even notice it’s gone). So pretty too with the apricots! Lately I’ve been eating granola on top of my vanilla ice cream…makes it seem strangely healthy?!?


  • cindy

    granola! i love the pistachio + apricot combination. homemade granola is a weekly staple in our house and with greek yogurt…heaven!

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    I love apricots and pistachios. Gotta give this recipe a whirl!

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  • Jessica

    wah! I’m catching up on blogs and am so behind, so I’m sorry for the onslaught of comments you’re about to get… This looks amazing, especially with the pistachios! Agreed about using a flavorful oil…I finally made granola for the first time a couple months ago and used coconut oil. Yum!

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  • Alyssa

    i have one thing to say about this.
    is it possible to eat granola so delicious it makes you want to weep?
    this is so delicious! i substituted some maple syrup for honey and boy oh boy it was divine. keep up the good work. you and joy make me laugh so hard

  • lauren

    mmmm really want to try this! can you skip the brown sugar? i don’t think me or my roomies have any…

  • lulu

    OH MY GODNESS this is THE BEST granola i have EVER tasted. seriously, soooo good :). i am eating it straight from the oven as i write this. i made it to give as a christmas gift, but i am thinking it might be gone before christmas! ooops. i guess i’ll just make a few more batches…..

  • Erica A.

    Just found your blog last week, and made this granola this morning. OMG amazing. I ate some warm out of the oven with milk poured on top. So so good. Looking forward to trying some more of your recipes!

  • Dee

    Can you substitute the extra virgin olive oil for vegetable oil?

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  • Kylie

    I tried this a couple weeks ago and it was a hit! I doubled the recipe so I was able to fill four 1 liter jars with some still left over. My mom and co-workers have been bothering me to make more they loved it so much. I did tweak it a bit by swapping the walnuts and coconut chips for sliced almonds and dried cranberries. I also used 1 cup of honey in place of the maple syrup and brown sugar – it came out super flavourful, stayed nice and sticky in the jar, and added the perfect sweetness to a big bowl of plain greek yogurt. I can’t wait to try more recipes from you! 🙂

  • Holly Fish

    The only thing I changed in your recipe was dumping a few tablespoons of poppy seeds into the mix. Great recipe. I’m baking my third batch now! Thanks for sharing, T!

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