This morning something very unusual happened. I was craving something sweet! I had a small handful of berries that I had picked outside my house, the one ripe strawberry from the garden and a few black raspberries from the bush that magically appeared in my driveway. I also had some Siggi’s yogurt that needed eating but I needed something more to complete the breakfast picture.
Not long ago, I stocked up on lots of nuts and dried fruit at Trader Joe’s when we visited Cleveland. They have just been sitting there staring me in the face ever since. I didn’t feel like turning the oven on or even really exerting much effort for breakfast this morning so the idea of making a quick granola right on the stovetop came to mind.
It turned out beautifully! A combination of different nuts, seeds and dried fruits provided a range of textures and flavors making for an excellent granola topping, you can use whatever you have on hand. And, after it had cooled, it had the same big clusters of deliciousness that the best store-bought/baked granolas have. Give this a try when you need a quick, satisfying, crunchy and delicious start to the day!
Quick Stovetop Granola
Makes approx. 2 servings
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- handful each chopped hazelnuts, walnuts and pepitas
- 4-5 dried figs, halved
- 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit (I used Trader Joe’s Golden Berry Blend with cranberries, cherries, golden raisins and blueberries)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and cardamom
- big pinch of salt
In a medium sized non-stick skillet over medium low heat, add the canola oil and let warm. Add the almonds, oats, chia seeds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pepitas to the pan and cook stirring constantly until the nuts are toasted, golden brown and fragrant. Season with a big pinch of salt.
Add the maple syrup, brown sugar and spices and stir to coat. Add the dried fruits and figs and continue cooking one to two minutes more, until the fruit is warm and starting to rehydrate. Transfer to a parchment lined skillet in a single layer and allow to cool.
Dollop some yogurt into a bowl and top with the granola and any fresh fruit you have on hand!