Tahini Nut and Seed Granola

This Tahini Nut and Seed Granola is packed with nutrition and FLAVOR! Thick cut oats, a plethora of nuts and seeds and spices tossed in honey-coconut and tahini. Baked until crisp and crunchy and ready to top your next cup of yogurt. 

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How was your Easter? What did you make?

We had our Easter meal the week before because Pat and I have been in the process of removing old window treatments, painting the wood trim and doors white (FINALLY!) and repainting all of the walls of our great room and foyer. It’s been a lot of work, patching and sanding nail holes, all the cutting in and the coats of paint – because of course the first color I chose, once it was up we didn’t like.  Needless to say I’ve had absolutely no time to blog. It’s been a sun up to sun down project with one too many trips to Lowe’s. We still have some small things left to do, like replacing outlet and light switch covers, but can wait on those, but for now I’m in love with the space. Still cozy but so much brighter! There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint (and white trim) to make a room feel brand new.

Throughout these work days I would grab a handful of  this tahini nut and seed granola for a quick snack and to keep me from reaching for a Reese’s peanut butter egg. Crunchy and nutty, a little sweet and a little salty but SO delicious. It is perfect with kefir or your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit but is perfectly delicious on it’s own.

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Inspired by my recipe for pb & j granola and a few opened jars of tahini I had in the fridge, is how this granola recipe was born. Using tahini instead of a nut butter is a great twist on traditional granola flavors.

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Here’s is what you’ll need: thick cut rolled oats, unsweetened flaked coconut, cashews, sliced, almonds, sunflower seeds, shelled pumpkin seeds, toasted sesame seeds, quinoa, tahini, honey, coconut oil, light brown sugar, sesame oil, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla extract. So there’s a lot of ingredients but it comes together easily.

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In a 10-inch deep sided skillet (or a sauce pan) combine; 1 cup tahini, 1/2 cup [melted] coconut oil, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup honey and 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil. Heat on medium-low, stirring until everything is velvety smooth. Remove this off of the heat and allow it to cool for 15 to 20 minutes to thicken back up a bit.

Once it has cooled a bit (it can still be a little warm) stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

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In the meantime, in a large mixing bowl combine 4 cups rolled oats,  1 cup [lightly salted] cashews, 1 cup sliced almonds, 1 cup coconut, 3/4 cup [shelled] pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup quinoa, 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg.

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Pour the thickened tahini mixture over all those oats, nuts and seeds and toss to combine.

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Divide the granola mixture among two lined, rimmed baking sheets and slide into your preheated 325° oven to bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Toss the granola every 10 minutes, while rotating and swapping the pans to ensure even browning.

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Once the granola is golden brown, remove and let it cool on the pan. The tahini nut and seed granola will crisp up even more as it cools. Feel free to snag a piece or two as it cools. It’s so hard to resist!

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Crispy and crunchy, sweet and salty and texturally sublime with all those seeds and nuts and oats. Yum!

This tahini nut and seed granola makes a lot, 12 cups to be exact but I’ll be sharing a recipe idea with you that my girls and I have been loving for these last few weeks. So stay tuned, but in the meantime…make this granola!!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Tahini Nut and Seed Granola recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Tahini Nut and Seed Granola

This Tahini Nut and Seed Granola is packed with nutrition and FLAVOR! Thick cut oats, nuts and seeds and spices tossed in honey-coconut and tahini. Baked until crisp and crunchy and ready to top your next cup of yogurt.

Yield: 12 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 30 to 40 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour

Ingredients:

FOR THE WET INGREDIENTS:

1 cup tahini

1/2 cup (melted) coconut oil

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

FOR THE DRY INGREDIENTS:

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill thick cut)

1 cup cashews (lightly salted)

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

3/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup quinoa

3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to taste)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325° and line two rimmed, metal baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

In a 10-inch deep sided skillet (or a sauce pan) combine; tahini, coconut oil, sugar, honey and sesame oil. Heat on medium-low, stirring until smooth. Remove off of the heat and allow this to cool for 15 to 20 minutes to thicken. Then add in the vanilla extract.

In a large bowl combine; oats, cashews, almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, sesame seeds, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

Next pour the thickened tahini mixture over the oats mixture. Taste and season with the kosher salt, more or less to taste.

Divide the granola among the two prepared pans, spread evenly and bake in your preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes and rotating and swapping the pans to ensure even cooking, until the granola is deeply golden brown.

Allow the granola to cool on the pans before storing.

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    Linda — April 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Made this and it is wonderful! I have been making my own granola for a while now but adding the Tahini certainly gives it lots of depth. My German palate always deems American recipes too sweet so I dialed down the sugar to 1/3 of a cup but I think I’ll try it without sugar altogether next time. Do you think it will be a problem with consistency?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 11th, 2018 @ 7:01 am

      I’m so happy to hear it, Linda! I think you should be fine omitting the sugar, would you be leaving in the honey? Without testing it myself I can’t say for certain how it will turn out, but please let me know how works out for you, if you do try it!

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