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Savory and Sweet Five Spice Granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

For the Hot Pepper Honey

  • 1 cup good quality honey
  • 2-3 serrano peppers sliced length-wise, stemmed and seeded

For the Granola

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup spicy honey
  • 1 cup honey sesame sticks

Instructions

To Make the Hot Pepper Honey

  • Place the honey and serrano peppers in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the honey mixture cool. Remove the peppers and pour the honey into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store the honey in the refrigerator.

To Make the Granola

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and line a baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, cashews, pecans, pepitas, salt, and Chinese Five Spice Powder.
  • In a measuring cup, mix together the coconut oil and hot pepper honey. Pour the oil-honey mixture over the oats mixture and stir well to coat everything.
  • Spread the granola onto the baking sheet in a single layer. 
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the granola just starts to turn lightly golden. Stir once or twice during baking so the oats and nuts bake evenly.
  • Remove the granola from the oven, let cool, and add extra salt if necessary. Store the granola in a jar, tightly covered for up to 4 weeks.