Savoury Granola with Mustard, Seeds, Walnuts, Rosemary & Buckwheat
I am a granola person. What do I mean by that? If I can top something with granola, I will! So far, I have mainly explored the sweet kind of granola, whether with plenty of nuts and seeds, with cinnamon or cacao, with raisins or cranberries, amaranth or just oats, honey or agave syrup. What can I say, I love my big bowl of granola in the morning! And I have some good news for you: it doesn’t have to stop there. I mean granola is great on top of yoghurt, banana pancakes, with almond milk or just plain as a snack but what if I told you that you can also have some of that crunchy goodness on top of your soups, salads or anything you like, really? Also, thanks to the buckwheat groats that I added to this recipes, we achieve a heavenly crunchiness that may create symptoms of addition (fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not sure yet). This savoury granola is slightly salty and very diverse. If you like it spicy, add some chilli. If you’re more of a salty-sweet tooth, add more agave or even some raisins. If you love herbs like me, throw in as much a variety as pleases your taste buds! We’re taking our granola-love one step (or 10 steps) further today.
keep on eating those mustard seeds
Mustard seeds have been around for a really long time (unless you consider 5,000+ years short) and here is why you should include them in your diet: in relation to their caloric value, they are very nutrient-dense. Mustard seeds are super rich in calcium (bone health, contribute to heart, muscle and nerve function), manganese (relieves inflammation, controls blood sugar) and contain omega 3 fatty acids (lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease). They also provide you with zinc, iron, dietary fiber and protein. As a source of vitamin A, mustard seeds positively impact our vision and eye health, as well as skin repairment. Because vitamin A plays a role in cell growth and division, it also contributes to the function of vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and lungs. What’s not to love? They happen to taste delicious, too!
For this recipe you will need:
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup buckwheat
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp salt
½ cup fresh or dried rosemary
¼ cup other fresh or dried herbs (such as oregano, thyme, rosemary) finely chopped
pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 180°C on fan mode.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat, seeds, walnuts, olive oil, mustard, herbs and seasonings. Stir all ingredients well with a spoon and allow chunky clusters to form.
- Pour the mixture on a lined or greased baking tray (I used 1 tablespoon of olive oil) and spread until the tray is evenly covered.
- Bake your granola about 20 minutes or until the nuts and seeds are golden and crunchy.
- Juhu, you’re done! Sprinkle this lovely topping on your salads, soups, sandwiches, avocados or whatever else you’re eating today! You can also serve this in a little bowl and offer as a snack 😊 No rules!