Joshua McFadden's Truly Irresistible Granola

Joshua McFadden's Truly Irresistible Granola

The beauty of Joshua McFadden’s granola lies in its simplicity. Unlike many granola recipes that call for expensive nuts, dried fruits, and other mix-ins, McFadden’s ingredients list is super minimal, relying on coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds to add flavor and texture to the finished product. While the recipe may be simple, the flavor is anything but. Once you start munching on this granola, you won’t be able to stop. You might even say that it’s “truly irresistible.”

This recipe was adapted with permission from Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains by Joshua McFadden.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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Cook Time

7 mins

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (50g) rolled oats (not instant)
  • 2 tablespoons (5g) coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons (17g) pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (17g) sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

Preparation

  1. Combine all the ingredients into the Anyday dish.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

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    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

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    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 5 minutes, until the oats begin to lump together and are still slightly wet.
  3. Stir the granola and continue cooking uncovered at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    [[video-power]]

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 2 minutes. For even browning, stir again halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Allow the granola to cool before enjoying right away or saving for later.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Throw in any nuts or dried fruit you already have on hand.
  • Sprinkle over a bowl of yogurt for a breakfast treat.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.