9 Ways to Use Granola

For a little bite of sweet crunch, just add granola.

Spiced Chia Pudding with Blackberries and Granola
Photo: © Sarah Bolla

There are a zillion ways to make granola and almost as many ways to use it. Here are a few fun ideas to take the crunchy cereal out of the bowl.

  1. Breakfast baked goods: Toss a handful of granola into your muffin or pancake batter to add texture and crunch, or make your own granola bars.
  2. Salads: Use this chef trick and sprinkle salty-sweet granola over salads. The crispy garnish is better with naturally sweet veggies, like snap peas or roasted carrots.
  3. Gratins: Instead of breadcrumbs, top a root vegetable gratin with granola after baking.
  4. Fruit crisps: In a food processor, pulse granola with softened butter, flour, and sugar for a different kind of streusel topping.
  5. Puddings: Bring the yogurt parfait into the 21st century and sprinkle granola over your chia seed pudding.
  6. Cookies: Turn your coffee companion into a hiking snack by adding granola to biscotti or other cookie dough.
  7. Pie crust: Riff on the Rice Krispie Treat for a granola and marshmallow pie crust, or skip the marshmallows and simply combine with butter and oil.
  8. Trail mix: Toss granola with chocolate chips and more nuts and dried fruit for a quick energy-boosting snack.
  9. Cupcakes: Sprinkle it on top of the frosting for a little crunch.
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