Crunchy Tahini Granola

This tahini granola is slightly sweet, crunchy, and packed with nutritious nuts and seeds. Sprinkle on top of a smoothie bowl, enjoy with yogurt and fruit, or eat a handful straight from the jar! 

Crunchy Tahini Granola on stainless steel sheet pan with parchment paper and wooden spoon.

The start of summer means it’s officially smoothie bowl season! I love adding all the toppings to my smoothie bowls, but I wanted a new flavor to crunch on. Homemade granola is one of the easiest things you can bake – without fail – and so I set out to switch up a basic granola with nuts and seeds by adding tahini.

What’s tahini?

All it is is ground sesame seeds! It’s one of the main ingredients in hummus, but it can be used in numerous recipes – including granola! If you’re not fan of tahini (it’s a little earthy) or if you don’t have any in your pantry, you could sub any creamy nut butter for the tahini in this recipe. You can also make it from scratch using sesame seeds!

Overhead shot of Crunchy Tahini Granola on stainless steel sheet pan with parchment paper and wooden spoon.

When making my own granola I always try to keep the sugar as low as possible. Some store bought granolas are super sugary (which is why they are so delicious!) When I make my own at home, I usually opt for maple syrup, honey, or minimally sprinkled brown sugar. The more ingredients you add in like nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit, etc., the less you will miss that overly sweet taste.

Ways To Enjoy Tahini Granola

  • Mix with your favorite cold cereal and milk of choice
  • Make a yogurt parfait with layers of tropical fruit
  • Use as a smoothie/smoothie bowl topper
  • Add a sprinkle on top of oatmeal
  • Pack it up for summer road trips (straight outta the baggie – yup!)
  • Store in mason jars + gift to friends/neighbors
  • Enjoy by the handful hot off the pan (that’s my favorite…)

Full stainless steel sheet pan of Crunchy Tahini Granola.

Not only is this a tasty snack, but it’s also packed with nutrition: fiber from the oats and healthy fats from the various nuts and seeds.

Crunchy Tahini Granola on silver sheet pan with brown parchment paper.

Small white ramekin of Crunchy Tahini Granola with silver spoon in front of a tray of granola.

The combination of crunchy nuts and seeds with a touch of slightly sweet pure maple syrup and creamy tahini makes this granola quite delicious!

Crunchy Tahini Granola

This tahini granola is slightly sweet, crunchy, and packed with nutritious nuts and seeds. Sprinkle on top of a smoothie bowl, enjoy with yogurt and fruit, or eat a handful straight from the jar! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt add more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Combine all dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, salt, cinnmaon) in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, stir together the tahini, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Heat briefly in the microwave (for 20-30 seconds) or in a small saucepan (over medium heat for 3-4 minutes) until warm, but not bubbly. Stir again until smooth.

  • Pour the tahini mixture over the oat mixture, and stir until evenly combined.

  • Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, and keeping an eye on the granola to ensure that it doesn’t burn.

  • Remove baking sheet from the oven. Without stirring the granola, let granola cool until it reaches room temperature.

  • Break the granola up into your desired size of clumps. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Full stainless steel sheet pan of Crunchy Tahini Granola.

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