Lemon Cardamom Coconut Granola
I know I talked on Monday about how I’m really more of a savory vegetable person, with fruity detours only rarely. Well, it turns out that the pineapple sangria really whetted my appetite for fruit, because I’ve been craving fruits of all kinds ever sense.
My breakfasts for the past few weeks have been bowls of creamy Greek yogurt, mountains of fruit, drizzles of honey, and this Lemon Cardamom Coconut Granola for crunch.
The crunchy combination of rolled oats (save the steel cut oats for savory oatmeal), sliced almonds and coconut flakes (left over from my spicy coconut risotto) is tossed with a sweet mixture of honey, lemon zest, cardamom and vanilla.
If you’ve never cooked with cardamom before, now is the time to give it a try. It is a member of ginger family, and to me, it tastes very citrusy (meaning it pairs well with the actual citrus zest in this recipe).
Cardamom can be a bit expensive, but a little bit goes a long way toward adding an interesting, exotic flavor to your meals (and to cardamom tea lattes). It really does “spice” up my yogurt and granola routine. Pun intended. Feel free to roll your eyes now.
- 2-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and honey, for serving
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. In large bowl, stir together oats, coconut and almonds. In small bowl, whisk honey, butter, lemon zest, vanilla, cardamom and salt until well combined. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until very well combined (all oats should be moistened).
- Pour granola mixture onto prepared pan and spread evenly. Transfer to oven and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer pan to cooling rack to cool granola completely before transferring to sealed container and storing up to 1 week.
- Serve granola with yogurt, fruit and honey.