yes, this internet meme has been done to death, but after my previous granola fail, this batch left me feeling like a winner.

This was loosely based on the Omega-3 Granola recipe from my main man Christopher Kimball and the America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook (stumbled upon on Annie’s Eats).

My  original name for this recipe was Maple-Pecan-Flax-Almond-Butter-Granola. Ghezuntite. But my love for cheese, real and metaphorical, led me to revise it slightly.  This stuff is yummy-good and healthy-good.

If you haven’t jumped on the oats bandwagon, GET ON IT.  Not only do they lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease, they’re full of soluble fiber which keeps you nice and full and not digging into the office candy bowl at 11am.  Throw in some ground flaxseed (which can basically fix anything that could possibly go wrong with you) and I challenge you to find something better to start your day with.

With a little greek yogurt, a little honey, and a little Hoda and KLG? Crazy good. So crazy you can ward off all the trolls and warlocks that may cross your path.

Good Morning Granola


  • 2/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup**
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut, whatevs)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
*do not use quick-cooking or instant rolled oats, the granola will taste sandy rather than crunchy.
**use real maple syrup, not the cheap stuff that is just flavored high fructose corn syrup. read your labels. knowledge is power.


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Toast the pecans in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant and beginning to darken, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the oats and oil and continue to toast until the oats begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the sunflower seeds and sesame seeds and continue to toast until the mixture turns golden, about 2 minutes.
  5. Off the heat, stir in the honey, maple syrup, almond butter, flaxseeds, and salt until well coated.
  6. Spread the granola evenly over a large rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Bake, stirring every few minutes, until the granola is light golden brown, about 20 minutes.


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