Olive Oil Granola Recipe

One of my favorite recipes of all time is olive oil granola. I was inspired by a New York Times recipe over the summer and made my first batch in August. The combination of savory olive oil, sweet agave nectar, chewy dried fruit, crisp oats, and salt is amazing.  Seriously, you must try this recipe!

Olive oil granola

I can’t believe it’s taken me nearly 6 months to make this yummy combo again. My creation differs quite a bit from both the original NY Times recipe and the granola I made in August, but I think the 2010 version is the best yet!

Granola ingredients


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups walnut pieces (I also added in some leftover almonds and pecans)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried regular or Turkish apricots



  • Mix all ingredients except apricots and raisins in a large bowl
  • Pour oat mixture onto a large greased baking sheet (I used a silicon baking mat)
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes (my oven is super hot, so the granola was done after only 30 minutes!)
  • After granola is done baking, pour into a large bowl and add apricots and raisins (don’t add while baking – the fruit will get too dried out!)
  • Enjoy plain or with yogurt. Yum!

Olive oil granola

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What’s your favorite granola variety?

  • I have almost all the ingredients (except cardamom) at home, possibly making this tonight? Sounds good! PS- I enjoyed saying the word clafoutis over and over last night- it is a fun word :-p

  • I will definitely be trying my hand at homemade granola. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love making my own granola, but would have never thought to use olive oil!

  • This sounds great! I loved idea of the contrast.
    I’m hoping to make a coconut granola with coconut oil soon

  • Your olive oil granola sounds yummy. I loev homemade granola. My favorite kinds include lots of cinnamon, pumpkin seed and lot lots of fruit.

  • yum! I’ve been thinking about making granola and this motivates me to do it! Looks fantastic!

  • Thanks for the granola step-by-step. That looks delicious and easy. I find myself inclined towards any sort of granola with vanilla and dried cranberries. “Back to Nature” is a pretty great brand.

    Hope you’re having a good week!

  • I love granola…there lies the problem! haha! You know how all people have their “trigger” foods? Well granola is my number 1. I can literally eat an entire bulk bend worth in one sitting. It is dangerous! haha! But this does look amazing…if only I had some self control! 🙂

  • This looks like a great recipe– I have always wanted to try making granola at home and after that clafoutis, theres nobodys granola recipe Id trust more than yours 🙂 haha

  • I will most definitely be using this recipe! I’ve made my own muesli and made my own granola bars but never my own granola! Weird.
    So, this is it…

  • Oh I love granola! My mom makes a great one that has oats, sunflower seeds, sliced almond, raisins, pumpkin seeds, honey and salt. It’s a great combo!

    This one sounds incredible too!

  • i made this last night, and it was fabulous – so fabulous that i ended up eating it straight out of the container with a spatula 😉

  • I have been dying to make my own granola, but it the mean time I love Bear Naked–Fruit and Nut, Vanilla Almond Crunch and their new Honey Oat Flax!

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