Savoury granola..

Apparently savoury granola is all the rage…who knew? Not me!! Apparently it’s all about creating a sweet and savoury element, hence, the recipe I read using soy sauce and maple syrup together..

Having read this in a current food magazine, I decided on a whim to make some last weekend, I always have oats and seeds and nuts of some sort in my cupboards, so it was easy to throw stuff together; however, I don’t like maple syrup or honey, and I’d rather just go for full on savoury, so I skipped any sweet element at all for my taste. 
My mix therefore included oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, linseeds, black & white sesame seeds, cashew nuts, fennel seeds, chilli flakes, olive oil, soy sauce & egg whites. This was all mixed well together then baked at 160C fan for 15-20 minutes, shaking & stirring it up halfway through to stop it all sticking. (Pretty much how you’d make any granola, just without the sweet sticky stuff.)

The challenge was then to leave it to cool! I have to admit that I did pick at it whilst it was warm, but the actual magic happens when it cools down as it then becomes crunchy, and the nuts harden up. 
And I liked it. It was indeed nice and crunchy, and without that excessive sweetness that often comes with granola, that puts me off it. I’ve eaten it on its own, with yoghurt, and with finely chopped apple & Greek yoghurt, and it all works. It would probably be good with salad or roasted vegetables, it’s just a case of viewing granola in a different way. 
If I made it again I’d probably add some different nuts too, maybe try leaving out the chilli flakes, add more fennel seeds and add in other warm spices. I think it would be good with my chai spice mix, or other mixes of spice seeds like caraway, anise, cumin and/or coriander. 

The possibilities, as they say, are ENDLESS! 

I wonder what Mollie and Ginger will make of my offering at this week’s Fiesta Friday

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22 thoughts on “Savoury granola..

  1. Ginger

    I had seen that on Instagram and was hoping I’d come across it on my Fiesta Friday foray! I so agree with you, granola does tend to be too sweet (I cannot handle anything sweet first thing in the morning, and second thing in the day I don’t really want breakfast…) Fennel seeds sound like a great addition!
    Thank you for sharing it and have a lovely sunny weekend!
    Ginger x

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  2. sallybr

    so glad you blogged about it! I am not too fond of sweet granola, and to be honest usually it gives me a stomach ache after a couple of hours

    this one has everything I love, without that overly sweet note.

    puuurfect!

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  3. Johanne Lamarche

    Last fall I made a savory porridge which I quite liked. I had not heard of granola’s savory side but it would be good for snacking. The possibilities are endless and all delicious. Thanks for this post.

    Johanne Lamarche

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  4. FrugalHausfrau

    Wow! I’ll tell you what I think, lol! I never usually eat granola because of the sweetness. It’ not that I’m such a purist but for the most part I’ve been sticking with Muesli or oatmeal and saving the sugar for desserts (where I think it should be, lol) or some special dinner.

    This is a game changer for me as I sometimes get a little bored! Thanks for sharing with us at FF, Elaine!

    Mollie

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      I never eat typical granola either, this savoury version has been great and proves that it’s doesn’t have to be so sweet. As long as there’s a good crunch and a good mix of nuts and seeds and flavour, who needs all that sugar?!
      I’ve been playing around with other versions today and had some sprinkled over roasted vegetables, and it was lovely.
      I’m sure you’ll create something fab!
      X

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