Spicy savoury granola

A delicious garnish or snack!

I love how traditional granola has undergone a renaissance and is now considered mainstream breakfast fare. I make a big batch of my breakfast granola recipe every few weeks and it fuels my family well for busy days. This savoury granola is just as appealing – packed with flavour and crunch, it’s an ideal garnish for soups, salads, roasted vegetables, avocado toast … the sky’s the limit when it comes to this delicious treat. It’s another unique, easy to prepare item that would make a great gift, too!


  • 1/2 cup (45 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) chopped cashews or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.4 g) each smoked paprika, chili powder, black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine oats, nuts, seeds and spices in a small bowl then drizzle oil and maple syrup over top; toss to combine.
  • Transfer granola to a prepared baking sheet and spread mixture out in an even layer. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (180 g); recipe can easily be multiplied.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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