You know that feeling when you look at an old picture of yourself (or a Tweet you wrote two years ago)? Maybe the word is regret? Embarrassment? Confusion? I had that same sinking, cringy sensation when I returned to a recipe I posted for “my best granola” six years ago. It calls for sixteen ingredients and half of a ripe banana. Who wants to be stuck with a purposeless half-banana?
Maybe I had the time (and the bananas) to spare in 2015, but these days you won’t find me measuring out tablespoons of wheat germ, sesame seeds, flax seeds, and poppyseeds. What you will find me doing is making Andy Baraghani’s Grain-Free Tahini Granola, which requires just seven ingredients (including salt) and can be made from start to finish in about an hour.
But it’s not only simple and easy—it’s also some of the best granola I’ve ever tasted, let alone made (and this is coming from someone who eats granola whenever presented the opportunity). Delightfully clumpy and crunchy and not too sweet, it’s proof that granola doesn’t require elaborate song and dance to be delicious. I think the key to its success is the tahini, which brings a nutty savoriness and dries out as it bakes, binding the nuts into huge clusters.
Lest you think I’ve changed my ways entirely, I do tweak the recipe a little depending on what I have in my kitchen. Because nuts cost a pretty penny and I’ve got nothing against grains, I usually swap out at least 1 cup for old-fashioned rolled oats. I’ve used shredded coconut instead of coconut flakes (or left it out entirely), subsidized some of it with raw sesame seeds, replaced the tahini with black tahini (natural peanut butter would also be good…!), and traded some of the maple syrup for honey or brown sugar. But no matter how many changes I make, I know I’ll never go back to that 2015 recipe—or that 2015 haircut. (What was I thinking???)
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