Black Sesame Granola Recipe

September 12, 2012

The first signs of autumn are in the air and that means oatmeal has returned to the breakfast scene around here. I eat it almost every day, but as much as I love a warm bowl on a cool morning, everyone needs a little variety. That’s where granola comes in.

I’ve made Coconut Lime Granola and Cranberry Pumpkin Granola, but this batch had a purpose – to use up some specific ingredients in the the pantry.
First up are black sesame seeds, followed by tahini. I love them both, but when most recipes call for only 1 to 2 tablespoons, it takes a while to use them up. 
Both ingredients give this granola a nutty, salty flavor. If you like yours a bit sweeter you can add more honey or some extra dried fruit. I used dried cranberries and unsalted peanuts in this version, but any fruit and nut combo would work well.

Black Sesame Granola Recipe

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey
2 tbsp tahini
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1/4 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)
1/4 cup nuts (I used unsalted peanuts)
1/8 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, honey and tahini. Stir in the oats.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir to coat with the oil and honey mixture. Pour out onto a baking sheet and spread evenly.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Makes about 5 cups. 


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  • TasteHongKong September 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This is a new and interesting way of eating sesame seeds (I often puree them for cooking in sweet soups or for making a paste).

  • lisa is cooking September 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love making granola as a way to use up various things in the pantry. The tahini sounds great in this, and I know I have some leftover from another recipe!

  • Lori September 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    TasteHongKong – Oh, I need to try making my own paste! Thanks for the idea!

    Lisa – I always seem to have tahini hanging around, too. Love getting creative with granola!