Tahini Date Pistachio Granola

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

Late night snacking has always been an issue for me. Unfortunately, cereal is my favorite evening indulgence, so I don’t keep it in the house anymore. I’m not sure what it is about a bowl filled with milk and crunchy-turning-mushy things, but it just feels so right at 9pm. The one exception to the rule is homemade granola. For whatever reason, I can keep it in the pantry without going on a rampage. Maybe because it’s heavier? I tend to make a one-bowl-and-done kind of granola; this stuff is filling, at least in my opinion.

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

I love the flavor and texture combination of dates, tahini, and pistachios. This isn’t the first time they’ve made an appearance together on my blog, and it won’t be the last. A hint of cardamom calls out from the background to add warmth, but you’ll barely know it’s there. You can double the amount for more of a spice kick. Ground cinnamon would also be lovely here. As with pretty much any granola recipe, you can add in whatever seeds and nuts you have. I almost threw in some chia seeds, but meh. There was enough going on, and I was kind of digging the (almost) monochromatic look.

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

Tahini Date Pistachio Granola
 
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Serves: 8-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups pitted dates, divided
  • ½ cup well-stirred tahini
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roasted & salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • optional: ¼ cup raw flax seed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a kettle or small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Place 1 cup of the pitted dates in a small bowl, and top with just enough boiling water to cover. Soak for at least 5 minutes, until very soft. Chop the remaining dates and set aside.
  3. Drain the dates, reserving the soaking water, and place in a food processor. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, and puree until creamy. Transfer to a medium bowl and combine with the tahini, salt, and cardamom, stirring until smooth (Note: tahini consistencies vary. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add another 1-2 tablespoons of the date soaking liquid).
  4. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, pistachios, and flax seed. Add the liquid mixture, and stir until the oats are wet and the mixture is thoroughly combines.
  5. Spread into a thin layer on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the oats once or twice midway through. The granola should be dried out and fragrant.
  6. Allow to cool, then toss with the remaining dates. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Notes
I usually serve this with plain yogurt or soy milk.
 

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  • Granola is so much heavier than cereal. It would make an awesome late night snack. I always used to have a snack when I was a kid, but I haven’t had one in years. Once the retainers go in after dinner, I am done. Also greatly assisted in helping me lose 40 pounds and keep it off for 12+ years. I loved granola for breakfast, but after doing the Whole30 and finding grains super irritating, I need to make a paleo version.

  • Relating to this so much! Only granola calls to my senses just as cereal does, if not worse (hey, it’s healthy! Duh) so I stopped making granola altogether too. But I love it so much! And what makes it worse is that, to me, there’s no store-bought granola that can stand up to homemade. Love the mix of flavors in this one. Pinned (for when I’ll want to try and make some again!)

  • I, too, have a weakness when it comes to granola. This one with tahini and pistachio sounds so up my alley. I love that it is sweetened with dates as well.
    Perfect for breakfast!