Olive Oil Pistachio Cardamom Granola

My love affair with granola started a long time ago.

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One summer when I was in college, my family took a trip out west to Jackson, Wyoming. We drove. It was a long few days, but it was beautiful. Along the way we stopped to see Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Devil’s Tower, and Yellowstone before settling in to our rental home at the base of the Tetons.

Sometimes living in a big city like Chicago, I forget how beautiful nature is and how much I appreciate the calm and quiet of rural America.

an out of focus bowl of greek yogurt topped with blackberries and olive oil pistachio granola on a cream napkin covered in granola sprinkles with a jar of olive oil pistachio granola in focus in the background

We spent our days hiking, exploring, eating, hiking, napping, snacking, and more hiking. Needless to say, there was lots of hiking. And lots of hiking means big breakfasts to fuel us throughout the day. My aunt and uncle brought along a few batches of homemade granola for breakfast. It was my first time experiencing homemade granola and my mind. was. blown. Totally outrageously delicious. But everything my uncle makes is totally outrageously delicious, so I really should not have been surprised.

Last Thanksgiving, this same aunt and uncle hosted my family for the holiday. The meal was incredible, as it always is, but the breakfast I had the following morning is what I remember most. A simple bowl of yogurt with fresh fruit and this Olive Oil Pistachio Cardamom Granola.

a bowl of greek yogurt in the foreground topped with blackberries and olive oil pistachio granola

I obviously requested the recipe to be emailed to me. And you’re in luck because I am sharing it with you today!

You are seriously going to love this granola. It’s:

Crunchy
Crumbly
Slightly sweet
Perfectly crisp
Nutty
Wholesome
Simple
Nutritious
And filling

I’m sure this granola will be come a staple in your house. If you make this recipe and post on social media, use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!  Please follow along!

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Olive Oil Pistachio Cardamom Granola

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x
  • Cuisine: Breakfast, Snack

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups pistachios
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Optional: 1/2 cup dried apricots and 1/4 cup Craisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, except fruit.
  3. Combine maple syrup, olive oil, and brown sugar. Mix in salt, cinnamon, and cardamom.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring ever 15 minutes.
  6. Once cool, add fruit if desired.

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9 thoughts on “Olive Oil Pistachio Cardamom Granola

  1. Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy

    Something about that crunch just does it for me! This granola sounds delish and I’ve got to try!

    Reply
  2. Mariana

    That’s such great storytelling. I have only had homemade granola once but I think you made me fall in love with it again.

    Reply
    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      I probably make granola too often – but I just love it! Let me know what you think of the recipe!

      Reply
  3. Jenn - a traveling Wife

    I love homemade granola and this looks fabulous. It’s been some time since I made a batch of granola – I should fix that!

    Reply
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