Five-spice Granola


Crunchy and full of warm spices, this granola is a cozy recipe perfect for chilly mornings. Make a batch on Sunday and you’ll be thanking yourself all week. Eat it with with plain yogurt or almond milk– or just by the handful on your way out the door. (Side note: baking this granola will make your house smell ridiculously delicious. And because I learned everything I know from Cher Horowitz, I know this is the way to a man’s heart).

I almost forgot to tell you– this granola is healthy.  It’s low in sugar (just honey!) and has turmeric (which has many magical qualities, not the least of which is it’s a great anti-inflammatory) as well as flax seeds (chock full of omega 3’s).

Before we get baking, let’s talk about five-spice.  Have you used it before?  It’s a spice blend used a lot in Chinese cooking and contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, cloves, and white pepper. Its a little sweet, a little spicy, and smells amaaaaazzzing (see above).  Its great as a rub for chicken or pork and you could also use it in place of the ubiquitous “pumpkin spice” in a lot of holiday dessert recipes.  And now I’m never making granola without it. (If you come to love five-spice as much as I do, you gotta try these pickled carrots and this sweet potato pie.)

(Pro-tip! This makes a great last minute holiday gift. Toss it in a mason jar and you’re a hipster dream.)

(Second and final pro-tip! You really do have to stir this every ten minutes while it bakes.  Annoying, I know.  Use the time as inspiration to do all those annoying tasks you never do in the kitchen: throw away expired condiments, reorganize your spice drawer, get rid of all the tupperware that no longer has a lid.  You can get a surprising amount done in an hour.)

Five Spice Granola
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  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine first eight ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add honey and oil. Stir until combined (the honey will create some small clumps).
  5. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 60 minutes total.
Keeps about two weeks in an airtight container.