I found this healthy, simple recipe in a book called “Pike Place Market Recipes” written by Jess Thompson. Pike place market in Seattle is more than 100 years old and has tons of specialty food shops, restaurants and produce stands. It’s a must see place for anyone visiting Seattle. This cookbook has more than 130 recipes from the food stands and restaurants of the market. You can purchase the book here and it would make a great gift for someone who loves to cook. This healthy granola is a specialty of Holmquist hazelnut orchards which has a tiny stand in pike place market. I substituted walnut oil for hazelnut oil and the result was fabulous. Please use a nut oil for best flavor. They can be found in natural food stores like Whole foods market or PCC. The granola was crunchy, subtly sweet and perfect on my morning yogurt. They tasted even better on sliced bananas or strawberry. I got about 16 cups of granola for the measurements given in the recipe below. I sent them as a thank you gift to my friends who threw me a surprise party.
1 cup clover honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean
6.5 cups old fashioned oats
4 cups raw hazelnuts
1 cup roasted, salted, hulled sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup hazelnut oil (I used walnut oil from PCC)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine honey, brown sugar and the vanilla caviar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. This step takes about 5minutes.
3. Place oats, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and walnut oil in a large bowl.
4. Add honey/brown sugar mixture and stir to blend.
5. Divide the granola between the two baking sheets spreading it in an even layer on each sheet.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring the granola half way through. It is done when its uniformly deep golden brown.
7. Cool the granola to room temperature on the baking sheets. Break apart and store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.