Allspice Date Almond Granola

by Kirsten on March 28, 2011 · 24 comments

in Breakfast


Our wonderful neighbors just returned from California and brought us back some dates. And what a coincidence, the perfect granola recipe was already waiting for the dates to arrive. I have had it on my desk for a while, but whenever I suggested to my family to try out a new granola recipe I was voted down and had to make everybody’s favorite Chai-Scented Granola again. I have to admit that it is outstanding, but I have eaten my share by now and was looking forward to a new breakfast treat.

This allspice date and almond granola brought a fresh taste to my mornings. I really like the crunch of the almonds and oatmeal combined with the softness of the date and the sweetness of the honey. You can also taste the toasted coconut which goes remarkably well with the cinnamon and allspice.

The double batch I made last Tuesday is already gone. I really don’t know how it could have vanished that quickly. I guess the people in this house must really like it.

Thank you neighbors for the delectable dates!


Allspice Date Almond Granola
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  • 2 cups (160g) old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup (90g) sliced almonds
  • ½ cup (180 g) sweetened flaked coconut
  • ⅓ cup (packed, 70 g)) brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick, 57g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey
  • 1 cup (packed, (160 g)) pitted dates, each cut crosswise into thirds
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter with honey in heavy small saucepan over low heat. Pour over granola mixture and toss well. Spread out mixture on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dates; mix to separate any clumps. Continue to bake until granola is golden brown, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes longer. Cool.
  4. Store airtight at room temperature for up to two weeks.



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Tracey @ KitchenPlayground April 17, 2011 at 1:04 am

You've inspired me to check out your Chai-Spiced Granola! I love chai, and have recently made (and posted about) Chai Sugar Cookies and Chai Shortbread. Just can't get enough.

Andrea @ ForkFingersChopsticks April 5, 2011 at 4:33 am

More granola. I'm trying this one for sure. I love dates. Congrats on getting on FoodGawker. No surprise since these are superp pics. Sorry I missed you last week. Hope to see you soon.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window April 1, 2011 at 2:54 am

I will have to give this one a try too. Around the holidays (Christmas) I like to make granola to give as gifts. This is a granola that most people haven't had yet. Thanks again!!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie March 31, 2011 at 7:17 am

Yum! I made granola too recently, but now I feel like trying your recipe, it sounds delicious!

Susi's Kochen und Backen March 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Tolle Bilder! Das Granola hoert sich klasse an und wuerde meinen Kindern auch schmecken. :o)

A Busy Nest March 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

Your presentation of the granola is adorable. I love dates!
The nutella cookies will have to be made as I have made a few versions lately. Yours look terrific with the hazelnuts.

scrambledhenfruit March 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm

This sounds wonderful! I love to have a batch of homemade granola on hand to eat with my yogurt in the morning. Dates are a wonderful sweet treat in this one! 🙂

Malli March 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Gorgeous granola…. I love dates and almonds combo… Nice photos:)

Miss Meat and Potatoes March 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I am such a sucker for granola and am always excited about a new way to make it. This looks truly delicious. Chewy, sweet dates…yum!

Cooking Creation March 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

This sounds delicious and your photos are beautiful!

kitchen flavours March 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

Beautiful looking granola. Would love to try this some day. Thanks for sharing!

Nuts about food March 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

This is the second recipe with dates I have read today. Check out the other one on Taste of Beirut, it would be a great way to use your dates if you have any left over after this beautiful looking granola.

Design Wine and Dine March 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

What great neighbors you have!

You know…I keep wanting to make granola and this post (with these pictures) makes me want to do it tonight! I THINK I have all the ingredients you have listed (minus the dates)

SweetSugarBelle March 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Oh my oh my, my FAVORITE!!! I will be making these soon!

Karen Harris March 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Beautiful photos Kirsten. I love granola and I don't know which one intrigues me more the date almond or the chai-scented. The both sound delicious.

Boulder Locavore March 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Spotting you on the first page of FoodGawker with this photo (mine of the pistachios made it too)! Congrats!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I think I've seen a photo just like this one somewhere before…makes me feel like a part of a secret. Beautiful picture.

I'm obsessed with granola since I started making it a couple of months ago. It's all I have for breakfast now with some yogurt and always enjoying different flavor combos. I did giggle at the cutting of the dates into 3 sections. I tried chopping mine and it didn't take much to see why the chopped ones in the store come coated with sugar. It's what I had to do to not just have a big blob of 'date.'

Next I must try with almonds…yum.

kitchen roach/galley roach March 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

You lucky one – to get the dates! Granola with allspice was new for me but I can imagine it with the dates.

EliFla March 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Wha gorgeous pictures!!! I'm so glad to have Allspice…here in Italy it doesn't exist….

Now Serving March 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Super delicious! Love the dates, honey and cinnamon – Yum!!!

Ana Rita March 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

So good and probably a nice way to start a day…


Ohhh and by the way, i also loved the photos…:)

JelliDonut March 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Mmmmm! I would love to have this for breakfast TODAY!

Boulder Locavore March 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Forget the invite to come for cake, I'm ready to drive down right now for some of this granola! Love the chai infusion. I'm sure it must be delicious and don't you love using things from other places (the dates)? So fun. Love the photos. They are so happy-feeling….just like you my friend!

Lea Ann March 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Absolutely gorgeous vibrant photos Kirsten, not to mention delicious sounding.

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