Really Darn Good Granola


Time for a treat, folks.  Running is hard and we deserve something tasty.   This granola is delicious.  It isn’t going to make you run faster or cure world hunger or do your laundry, but it is damn good granola.  You won’t want to stop eating it.  It is just the right blend of sweet and salty and has a delicious aroma from the spice blend.

The best part is that you can change the nuts, dried fruit(s), and spices to suit your personal tastes.  Use the same total measurements (e.g., if you decide to use dates and apricots instead of figs, use half cup dates and half cup apricots).

Folks, this granola is so good that it is how I “pay” my running coach, who refuses actual monetary payments.  I always at least double the recipe.  You’ll thank me later.

Hazelnut Granola with Toasted Quinoa
Recipe by Anna Brones of Foodie Underground


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts (or nut(s) of your choice), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried figs (or dried fruit(s) of your choice), chopped or cut into small pieces with a pair of kitchen scissors
  • 1/4 cup uncooked white quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (here is where you can play with the spices.  Try ginger, coriander, nutmeg, allspice, etc.!)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, coconut, hazelnuts, salt and spices.
  2. Place the quinoa in a small frying pan and toast over medium heat, constantly stirring so that it doesn’t burn. After a little bit, you’ll hear popping noises. That means the quinoa is toasted. Remove from heat and add to the bowl with the oat mixture. Stir the ingredients together until well blended.
  3. Pour olive oil and honey into a small saucepan, and slowly warm on low heat. As it warms, whisk or stir with a fork until the oil and honey are thoroughly blended together. Pour over the oats, and using a wooden spoon or your hands, stir until the oats and other ingredients are evenly coated.
  4. Spread out the oat mixture on a baking tray and bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Granola should have a golden brown color to it.  It may not be crunchy; it will become crunchy as it cools.granola1
  5. Remove from the oven, gently stir in the dried figs (or fruit of choice).
  6. Let cool. Once cool place into a glass jar with a lid to store.  Attempt to not eat it in one sitting.