Our favorit spicy granola

Gwyneth’s Favorite Granola Revisited

A group of women in Santiago Atitlan got together recently, and our theme for the evening was our “tried and true” recipes. There were many yummy dishes, but the one that stayed with me was the “favorite granola” recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow.

My husband loves granola: he would happily eat it every day. He even buys the worst kind of cheap granola, which is pretty much just overcooked oats and a couple of raisins, and is happy with that for breakfast. I’ve made granola before, but this revised version of Gwyneth’s granola is much simpler and, quite frankly, the best granola I’ve ever had. It’s been a bit hit with guests at Lake Villa Guatemala too.

The secret to this recipe is the spices. The garam masala gives it a kick you won’t find in other granolas. Never content with just an extra kick, however, I doubled the garam masala called for in the original recipe. The original version calls for maple syrup, which can be hard to get here: I used a combination of agave and molasses instead.

Granola ready to bake
Granola ready to bake

I have a large stainless steam table pan that I use for roasting vegetables. (As an aside, steam table pans like this are less expensive than roasting pans, but larger and quite versatile.) It turns out this pan is also the perfect size for making a double batch of granola! I always make a double batch, and it still doesn’t last long. If you don’t have a large pan like this, a baking dish or cookie sheets will work. For a batch this size, you’ll need two baking dishes—you don’t want the granola to be spread too thick.

So I’m giving the recipe here for a double batch. I’m told it lasts a long time (over two months!) in an airtight container, but we eat it much to fast to test that. Too much for you? Just cut the recipe in half.


  • 4 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup mild vegetable oil (sunflower or grapeseed)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries or a mixture!)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, and spices.
  2. In a large measuring cup, mix together the agave, molasses, and oil.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to thoroughly coat the oats.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes.
  6. If you like your granola chunky, spread it out on parchment paper and let it cool completely before breaking it apart. If you like it loose, leave it in the pan to cool, but stir the granola occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  7. When the granola is completely cooled, mix in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

Tip: if you live in a very humid climate, you can store the granola in the fridge to keep it from getting soggy.


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