Bowled Over with Granola

When it comes to snacks, granola offers the perfect crunch.


Granola. Photo by Adam Larkey

If you’ve perfected the art of sticking to three square meals a day, we’d love to know your secret. Because, whether it’s that mid-morning slump, that late afternoon grumble or that need to refuel during a long weekend hike, we just can’t quiet the urge for snacks.

But the good news is you don’t need to give up your diet completely to satiate those hunger pangs. Granola, with its high-fiber whole grain oats, heart-healthy nuts that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and lightly sweet and crunchy taste, can be a great option—especially when it’s made at home using natural ingredients.

“I like this granola because it’s not too sweet,” Mary Nguyen, chef/owner of Olive & Finch, says of her house-made recipe. “It’s simple and classic. It’s also healthier than other granolas that tend to use a lot of butter. I find that this granola recipe is very flavorful when combined with the yogurt, compote, apples and honey like we do at Olive & Finch.”

Whip this granola up this weekend for a satisfying, healthy treat to get you through even the most sluggish of days. Grab a handful, sprinkle it on yogurt or eat it with a little almond milk. Just be sure to pre-portion your servings: It’s so good, your snack could quickly become a meal.

Courtesy chef/owner Mary Nguyen
Yield: 2 quarts

6 cups oats
1 ½ cups almonds
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 250 F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.

FYI … Purchase the granola by the bag, $4.25, or order the house-made granola and yogurt off the menu any time.

Olive & Finch
UPTOWN: 1552 E. 17th Ave.
CHERRY CREEK: 3390 E. First Ave.

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