Granola has featured on The Hungry Herbivores a lot! Usually I really hate making the same thing twice. Life is too short for eating the same thing over and over, since there are so many amazing foods and flavours in the world. Granola however, is my exception. In the past I have stuck to sweet, breakfast granolas like Almond Butter & Pumpkin Spice Granola or Goji Berry Granola, which make amazing breakfasts on the go. This time, I’ve gone for a savoury sort. Savoury granola garnish sounds a little pretentious, but it really is simple and a great addition to your meals – think of it as a crouton substitute. The crispy oat, pine nut and buckwheat topping packs some serious flavour that combines well with Italian salad and pasta dishes, like Creamy Beetroot and Dill Linguine or Maple Aubergine & Chickpea Salad.
One of the best things about granola is that it takes minimal effort and can be kept in jars or tubs for several weeks or months, that’s if you don’t eat it all in a few days. Granola is perfect to make in bulk, whether it is sweet or savoury.
I must confess, I have been munching on this granola just by itself. It’s a pretty healthy snack to say the least. It reminds me of an Italian version of the Indian Bombay Mix snacks I used to live off in Nepal. Instead of chickpeas and chili, its pine nuts and tomatoes.
I combined my savoury granola with a simple raw red cabbage and radish salad, dressed with lemon juice. Salad doesn’t have to be boring when you’ve spent 30 minutes making a load of delicious toppings to jazz it up, without sacrificing the healthiness!
Try out the recipe and let me how it goes in the comments!