a while back, i made a salad with candied pecans on top. to make the pecans, i used a seasoning salt (jack stack seasoning, to be exact) and mixed it with cinnamon. those pecans were HEAVENLY.
so i thought i’d make a granola version of that. it’s still in the oven, and smelling like some exotic indian bakery. i can’t quite describe the amazing smell.
okay, it’s out of the oven, and it is awesome!
i only had a 1/2 cup of oats, so i threw those in, and added a ton of nuts. you could simply make this with nuts and it would be a fantastic nut mix.
i added unsalted, raw cashews, almonds, shelled pistachios ~ everything i had in my nut drawer in the fridge, which used to be my cheese drawer.
then i added a tablespoon of coconut oil, about 1/3 cup of agave nectar, jack stack seasoning salt (or lawry’s or whatever seasoning salt you like), cinnamon, salt and pepper, a little brown sugar, and a pinch of garam masala, if you have it. i just love that light, exotic flavor garam masala gives.
bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. make sure it doesn’t start burning. i think mine might be a little on the burnt side, but it’s still really good. after it cooled, i added raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries.
here’s an idea: what if you combined the yummy flavor of chex mix with the sweetness of granola? use pretzels, nuts, oats, wheat chex ~ all the healthier parts of both of those mixes. no butter, just a little coconut oil or olive oil, and agave nectar. then that seasoning salt/cinnamon mixture. that could be really good!
i like what i made tonight and i think it’s relatively healthy…