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Savory Parmesan Granola

In case you didn’t know, I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but lately I’ve been craving some savory snacks. I think it has something to do with my Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake, which was apparently quite a hit with many of you!

I was browsing through one of my cooking magazines recently, and made a mental note that savory granola is a new restaurant trend, and of course my mind started working… I love to make granola, but once you make it a few times, you become painfully aware of how many calories a small handful contains. Sure, they’re healthy calories – lots of whole grain oats, dried fruit, nuts, honey or maple syrup, oil… etc, etc but it all adds up. Granola qualifies as one of those calorie dense foods that we all hate to love.

So what if you could take the basic ingredients – oats, and nuts, but skip the sugar and fruit, and maybe just season it with some salt and spices and a touch of parmesan cheese for a treat? Oh yeah. That’s what I’m talking about.


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This Savory Parmesan Granola is perfect to eat by the handful, or mix with some pretzels and popcorn, or sprinkle over a salad instead of croutons. Really. Yum.


This Savory Parmesan Granola is perfect to eat by the handful, or mix with some pretzels and popcorn, or sprinkle over a salad instead of croutons. Really. Yum.



Savory Parmesan Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups

Savory Parmesan Granola


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 300 degrees, and set oven rack to the middle position.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Add olive oil, honey and egg white, and stir mixture well to coat evenly.

Spread granola onto a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden, tossing once or twice so granola bakes evenly.

Let cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container.


Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Container 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Do you eat granola?  Have you ever made it for a gift?

Eat well!


4 Responses to “Savory Parmesan Granola”

  1. Hmm, what a good idea for those times when you want a slightly salty snack. I haven’t seen it in the restaurants yet, but I don’t eat out a lot either.

    • Anne says:

      I haven’t seen it in restaurants either, but I love it just for snacking, or for something crunchy on a salad!

  2. Geraldine says:

    I have never made granola before because I don’t have a big sweet tooth. I didn’t even know there was savory granola – I am pinning this and going to make my first batch of granola this weekend. Thanks, Anne!

    • Anne says:

      I hope you like it Geraldine! I just finished eating my first batch today 🙂 and will be experimenting with some new flavor combos soon!

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