Joshua McFadden's Truly Irresistible Granola

// Joshua McFadden's Truly Irresistible Granola

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

7 mins

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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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What You’ll Need

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 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


  1. Combine all the ingredients into the Anyday dish and mix to combine.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave at Power Level 6tooltip 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 6tooltip for 2 minutes. For even browning, stir again halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Allow the granola to cool before enjoying it right away or saving it 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.

Recipe notes

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