Sweet and Spicy Tahini-Maple Granola

sweet and spicy tahini-maple granola on a wooden spoon

Sweet and spicy tahini granola is both familiar and surprising. Give it a try over yogurt with peaches or as an out-of-hand snack.



  • 2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Combine oats, almonds, quinoa and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and set aside.
3. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
4. Add tahini mixture to oat mixture and stir well to coat.
5. Spread mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving a few clumps.
6. Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours until mixture is crisp. Stir every 30 minutes to ensure even browning. (It will not yet be super crunchy — that comes as it cools.)
7. Let cool completely before serving, about 20 minutes.


  • Be sure to allow the granola to cool completely before serving or storing, as it will harden and become deliciously crunchy as it cools in the open.
  • This granola does not come out super spicy —  you just get the idea of spice almost as an after-taste. But if you are hesitant about the spice level, you could use just 1/4 tsp of red pepper flake.


Keywords: granola, sweet, spicy, tahini, maple, healthy