Sweet + salty grainless granola is the new love of my life. I may be exaggerating…but only a little because Y’ALL this stuff is GOOD.
I’ve mentioned a few times over on my Instagram that I just went through a HUGE move (busy St. Louis to rural Idaho). Aside from the expected anxiety about being far away from my family and friends, finding a job, and the move itself, I have been legitimately sad about being further from my favorite stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and even Target. Rural Idaho has no stores, guys.
Thankfully, I duped Trader Joe’s grainless granola and – dare I say – actually topped the store version because mine is toasted and full of so much more flavor. Put it on ice cream, oatmeal, bananas, straight into your mouth… whatever works!
I think what really seals the deal for this recipe is the oven toasting. There is literally nothing greater than roasted nuts combined with sweet, chewy dates and a generous amount of cinnamon. The first time I made this, I sprinkled it onto vanilla ice cream and a baked peach for the perfect summer dessert! It also pairs perfectly with a huge azzz bowl of oats or a creamy, dreamy smoothie. You do you, ya know?
WHY GRAINLESS GRANOLA?
I want to say real quick that I have NOTHING against grains! They are so versatile, filling, etc. – my love for grains and carbs knows no limits. But, this recipe was originally created out of my need for a flavorful oatmeal topping, and it seemed redundant to put grains on grains. Thus, grainless granola was born. It’s also delicious with a scoop of oats mixed in (add a drizzle of maple syrup to bind it all)!