It’s a “Date” Granola Recipe

Finding a babysitter, and even more importantly, finding the time and money for a night out on Valentine’s Day is a struggle. This year why not try something different? Plan to wake up with your special someone a little early and enjoy breakfast together! You’ll still be able to relax, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company without the pressure and expense of a night out. You can make this date-worthy granola the night before and use it to top yogurt, as cereal, or even on ice cream (shhh we won’t tell that you had ice cream for breakfast!)

It’s a “Date” Granola Recipe

• 1 cup quick cook oats
• 4 medjool dates pitted and chopped
• ¼ cups raw honey (or other binding liquid like maple syrup)
• ½ cup hazelnuts, chopped
• Pinch of salt
• ½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 450F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients. You may need to add a little more honey (or other binding liquid) if you have a lot of loose oatmeal. The ingredients should not come together in a single clump but they should stick together in smaller bunches.

Spread out the granola onto the cookie sheet, as flat as possible. Place in the oven.

It’s a “Date” Granola Recipe

After 5-8 minutes use a fork or spoon to mix up the granola. Do this again 5 minutes later.

When the oats and nuts turn a golden brown color, remove from the oven and mix again. Wait several minutes. It should turn crunchy as it cools down. If it does not, place back into the oven for a few more minutes.

Note: Do not wait for the color to be dark brown, at this point it’s cooked too far and may taste burnt.

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  1. Sonya Morris says:

    Wow, that is so easy to make! I will have to try this and add some of my favorite dried fruits to it!

  2. We spend a ton on granola for my daughter has it every morning it seems with greek yogurt for breakfast, and then also to snack on. I like the idea of putting what we love in it and also the cost. Love this!

  3. We love homemade granola. I completely forgot I have a ton of dates and they would be perfect to add. I wish we could have hazelnuts but nut allergies. They use to be so delicious.

  4. What a lovely idea! I like that, a breakfast date :) Those romantic breakfasts were such a treat before the you-know-whos arrived. thank you for sharing!

  5. I love granola, thanks for the recipe!

  6. I love granola. And I certainly would like granola and ice cream for breakfast! :)

  7. This looks so yummy!

  8. I am a big fan of homemade granola. My daughter was given some dates from a fellow student who was from Saudi. I will have to give this recipe a try

  9. I have never tried dates I don’t think? I’m totally open to trying them though, but the opportunity never presented itself.

  10. What a yummy idea. I absolutely love homemade granola!

  11. That granola looks so tasty and easy to make. I am a huge fan of simple, easy to make dishes!

  12. This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  13. this sounds amazing and delicious!! we love granola on yogurt.

  14. Sounds great!! Definitely want to try this recipe. Granola is such a good snack to munch on.

  15. Granola..thanks for a GREAT recipe.. can’t wait to try it…

  16. breakfast is my favorite meal!! i haven’t ever eaten a date. ever.

  17. sounds like a nice healthy alternative! Great to put over yogurt!

  18. What a great idea: do something different for Valentines Day. We all know they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day & why not have that with the most important person in your life. Love it…….

  19. I LOVE granola – thanks for the recipe!!

  20. Ah, Medjool dates are my favorite thing ever! I could eat them by the dozen dipped in almond butter.

  21. We eat a lot of granola here. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Oh my goodness that looks delicious! My kids are just starting to eat granola – great recipe!

  23. That looks so good! It’s been a long time since I’ve had granola… I used to eat it all the time with fresh blueberries! So good!

  24. I love granola. One of my favorite breakfasts!

  25. Mmmm, I’m thinking it would taste delicious on applesauce!

  26. I love granola, and I love that this recipe includes honey. I would love to use some local honey to help put some allergies at bay.

  27. OH that granola looks absolutely delicious! I love the use of natural ingredients too, and the raw honey is a brilliant touch instead of sugar.

  28. Love granola. I just had my granola cereal this morning. I will definitely give this a try. Looks yummy too! :)

  29. Great timing for me to find this post… I just started making our own granola this past weekend! There are so many different things you can do with it, and I LOVE dates :)

  30. What a great recipe. I think it sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!

  31. Just wanted you to know I love your recipe so I tweeted it and saved it to yumprint for later…thanks again.

  32. I LOVE granola. One of my favorite ways to eat it would have to be as cereal. Yummy!

  33. That looks so good! And you take great photos!

  34. Yum! I love homemade granola. So yummy on so many things.

  35. I love how healthy and simple you’ve made this granola recipe. There are a lot of granola recipes out there, but some seem so loaded with sugar.

  36. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried dates. I’ll have to pick some up next time out out grocery shopping.

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