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Minimalist Granola with Almonds and Sesame Seeds

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


Want to brighten your morning with a slightly sweet, nourishing cluster of oats? Kick off the day with this simple cinnamon-scented granola.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or a neutral oil like avocado or grapeseed)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (or coat with nonstick cooking oil spray).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, salt, cinnamon, almonds, and sesame seeds. Gently fold the olive oil mixture into the oats.
  4. Spread onto the baking sheets, evenly flattening the mixture with the back of a spatula.
  5. Bake, stirring once halfway through, until golden brown and very fragrant, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Granola
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: snack, granola, almond, cinnamon