Get close to holeee with my first version of dead sea granola! Spiced, nutty and full of flavor & healthy goodliness! Other granolas are blah!
Oh, yes, you can buy granola. It can be expensive if you check the more healthy brands. But, why not make your own homemade granola!
How did I get the name ‘Dead Sea Granola’. Well, it’s really interesting. I was on a trip to Israel with the Taste of Israel. In 104 Hours I fell in love with Israel!
We visited so many places, ate some of the best food ever, searched the best souks for spices and treasures. And, we spent time in the Judean Desert exploring and seeing so many parts of ancient history like Herod’s Masada (meaning ‘fortress’ in Hebrew) atop an isolated rock plateau in the desert.
Another milestone of this visit was floating in the Dead Sea. Yes, you really do float. Since it has almost 10 times the saltiness of average seawater, you float! The salinity of the Dead Sea is 33.7%!
This high salt concentration of the Dead Sea means you have a ntural buyoyancy! And, yes, you just float.
It was during this time that I was relaxing and just floating in the Dead Sea thinking about this most prolific experience that I conceived the idea for Dead Sea Granola. My granola is full of those aromatic spices that you find as you meander through the souks and it’s salt level is much higher than most granolas. This salt level results in vibrant flavor and unexpected tastes!
Healthy granola starts with healthy ingredients. And, this recipe is full of good things for you.
You might not realize that we can make French Toast with my Dead Sea Granola! You’ll get more crunchy and warm spicy flavors. Click here!
How to Make Granola
It’s simple to make granola. Even my toddler granddaughter has helped me make it. It’s a fun recipe for kids to do and, boy, what a kick they get out of their results.
The Best Granola Recipe
The best granola recipe starts with the basics. In my mind, yep, it’s the oatmeal. Whole oats. And, next, you have nuts. Nuts are essential to a good granola. And, if you’re like me, you like a nut almost in every bite.
Easy Granola Recipe
The easiest thing about granola and making it at home is that you control the ingredients. Amounts and types. Sometimes I make an entire big container of whole oats and give away granola to neighbors. Talk about spreading happy!
Crunchy Granola Recipe
There’s a natural crunchy to this recipe. It comes from the combination of ingredients, especially the nuts. Having several different textures really makes granola pop on you palate.
Ultimate Granola Recipe
And, the ultimate granola recipe has a lot of different flavors too. Especially spice mixtures. I’m working on a commercial Dead Sea Granola brand, so stay tuned for that.
And, like the Coca Cola recipe, I can’t divulge the recipe ingredients and amounts for the gourmet brand that I hope to sell worldwide! Yes, I have big granola ideas and dream! And, it all started about six years ago when I was floating in the Dead Sea while visiting Israel!
Granola Mix for Yogurt
Now this granola mix is great for so many things. Yogurt’s a no brainer. Sprinkle it on for fabulous flavors. But don’t stop there. How about ice cream, using it in cooking and other things that just excite your imagination. You might love these Dead Sea Granola Cookie Mounds too. What a cookie!
Vegan Granola Homemade
With a few adjustments, you can make this granola recipe vegan. Please see the comment in my notes below!
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, salt, spices and brown sugar. Toss well with your hands. VEGAN: Plant-based or vegan butter is a nondairy butter substitute. It can be made by combining water with plant-derived oils, like olive, avocado, coconut, palm kernel or combos of oils. All ovens are different. And, altitude impacts baking and cooking. Your oats should be a golden brown. Store in large glass airtight containers/jars. Keep in a cool dry place. Locations with high levels of humidity will affect the freshness. Good for about 6-8 weeks. Vacuum sealing will help extend the shelf life of the granola.
In another small microwavable cup, combine the butter, coconut oil, maple syrup & microwave about 20 seconds or until melted. Pour over the dry mixture and blend well coating everything thoroughly. You're basically 'massaging' the oils into the dry mixture.
Spread on 2 parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 300 oven about 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and put in a bowl. Add the cranberries, and dates. Toss and blend.
Let the mixture cool and add the cacao nibs, coconut and toss. Add the sea salt flakes. Toss and blend.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, salt, spices and brown sugar. Toss well with your hands.
VEGAN: Plant-based or vegan butter is a nondairy butter substitute. It can be made by combining water with plant-derived oils, like olive, avocado, coconut, palm kernel or combos of oils.
All ovens are different. And, altitude impacts baking and cooking. Your oats should be a golden brown.
Store in large glass airtight containers/jars. Keep in a cool dry place.
Locations with high levels of humidity will affect the freshness.
Good for about 6-8 weeks.
Vacuum sealing will help extend the shelf life of the granola.