Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola Recipe

Variety is the spice of life.

Or maybe it’s garlic because I put that shit in everything, and or at least most savory things because garlic is the bomb diggity.

No diggity. No doubt.

Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola

Garlic makes everything taste better. It also wards off vampires, combats the common cold and shields you from unwanted advances. Yeah, just blow a puff of hot garlicky breath on the creepy, blood-lusting, fanged fella invading your personal space and see how fast he heads for the hills. He’d give Julie Andrews a run for her money.

I’m also pretty certain this is why my Da, deliberately misspelled because he’s too cool for the last d, tried to get me hooked on garlic when I was only a young pup. He knew it’d keep potential suitors away. While his idea didn’t pan out long term, I now happen to have strong amorous feelings for these bulbs of delight, which is why I decided to incorporate some into my latest and craziest granola recipe to date.

I put garlic in granola.

I even added rosemary and Parmesan cheese.

Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola

Now wait a second. Come back here. Don’t go running away just yet. Allow me to explain.

I know Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola sounds odd;  maybe it’s even a smidge crazy, which is par for the course when it comes to me. Odd, crazy, but super effing tasty. I can even understand why granola doesn’t automatically come to mind when you think of these flavors, although there is no denying the power of the garlic, parmesan, rosemary combo. It’s the trifecta of all things we want in our mouth.

As strange as this recipe sounds, I can promise you it’s amazing. I’m not sure what else to say other than you’re gonna have to trust me on this one. It’s unusual to be sure, and it’s also out of this world, fantastic.

In addition to my not so humble opinion, I ran several batches by my coworkers, who gave this latest version all the thumbs up. I even got a serious offer to be paid for my services. Anyone know the going rate for granola? My own Hubby, who proclaimed to prefer my sweeter granola concoctions, went back for seconds, then thirds, followed by a take away Tupperware for school.

I recognize this is not the kind of granola you’d eat for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt or soaked in milk. No, no. Instead, this is the kind you toss in a bowl of creamy Pumpkin Curry, giving it another layer of depth and texture. By the way, you know it’s really good when you deliberately incorporate granola and sour cream into every spoonful.

Pumpkin Curry with Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola

Pumpkin Curry with Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola

This is the kind of granola you scatter across salads as a healthy and gluten-free alternative to croutons. The kind you add to your fancy pants snack platters. The kind designed to be a party in your mouth.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Blue Cheese and Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola

This granola has the demeanor of your favorite seedy, nutty, grainy cracker, without the form. It’s a mixture of oats, almonds, pistachios and sunflower seeds, making each bite a savory, salty, crunchy delight, designed to tantalize your taste buds. The brown rice syrup binds everything together without overshadowing the real star of the show: the Parmesan Garlic Rosemary combination, also known as a musical medley in your mouth.

Move over sweet granola, vampires and ill-suited paramours, I’ve got a new weapon in my arsenal.

Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola 2

Parmesan Rosemary Savory Granola
This has the demeanor of your favorite crackers with better flavor. It's great added to creamy soups, crisp salads, snack platters or eaten by the fistful.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 3 cups Rolled Oats
  2. 1 cup Sunflower Seeds, unsalted
  3. 3/4 cup Unsalted Almonds, chopped
  4. 3/4 cup Unsalted Almonds, sliced
  5. 1/2 cup Unsalted Pistachios, shelled and chopped
  6. 3 Tbsps. Flax Powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. Salt
  8. 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  9. 3/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  10. 2 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, diced
  11. 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, packed
  12. 1/3 cup Olive Oil or Organic Canola Oil
  13. 1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, from the rolled oats to the parmesan cheese.
  3. Add oil of choice, stirring to coat everything. Add brown rice syrup, stirring again to coat everything. Once combined, spoon mixture onto a baking sheet. Leave clumped together. Do not spread out on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 325 for 25 total minutes, stirring at the 10 minute and the 20 minute mark. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight. It will keep in an airtight container for several weeks.
  1. If using salted nuts, omit the salt in the recipe.
Clean Eats, Fast Feets
This post is being shared with Sprint 2 The Table’s Strange But Good because that’s my girl. Plus savory granola. Hello? Totally strange and so worth it. It’s also being brought to the table at the following fabulous parties: Anyonita Nibbles Tasty Tuesday’s, Hun… What’s for Dinner’s Simply Supper Tuesday’s, and The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday

Have you ever tried a savory granola? Would you?  

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WIAW: The Random Day Edition

Things have been a tad bit interesting in Meghanville this week.  

Maybe even a bit too dramatic, says the girl who just named a village after herself.

The very short version of this tale is the Hubby got in a wowzer of a car accident on his way back to school on Monday. He was the all too sweet and succulent cream filling in a dangerous and dastardly semi/snowplow sandwich, with nary a whole grain in sight. I suspect GMO’s were involved.   

While our car and the curry he was transporting did not fare so well, the Hubby for all intents and purposes remains fully intact, including his man parts. I know you were concerned. Believe me, I get it. Can you imagine how boring this blog would be and how much my writing would suffer if my needs weren’t being met? Yep, it’s damn scary, which is why I’m happy to report the Hubby is alive and well and already back at school, studying away for his latest Pharmaceutics exam with bananas in tow. You read that right.

Along with the Hubby, my favorite phallic fruit survived the wreckage. Surely it’s a sign. Of what, we still don’t know, but amid the craziness of that day, this little and lone banana made us laugh, a lot.

Car Accident and Public BananaThe purpose of over sharing my personal life is to say I don’t have much of a blog for you today. My brain’s been on a roller coaster ride with a shot of adrenaline stronger than an any espresso I’ve ever downed, followed by the inevitable mental collapse. While I may not have a lot of words, I have food. In fact, I will always have food, which is why I’m joining Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday link up and sharing a random day of eats from back in December. Yes, I have yet to be shared pictures of all my eats from two months ago. Welcome to the weird life of a food blogger.

And away we go.

Breakfast: coffee crack and a Coconut Cranberry Smoothie.

Beverage Breakfast - Coffee and Coconut Cranberry Smoothie

Lunch: a scrambled egg wrap with sautéed onions, radishes, cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Scrambled Egg Wrap Collage

Snacks: a bite of Apple Coffee Cake from the Breadsmith followed by another apple, this time dipped in peanut butter.

Apple Coffee Cake and PB CollageDinner: a bowl of Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup with a Butternut Squash Cheddar Drop Biscuit and a Flourless Double Chocolate Brownie for dessert.

Dinner and Dessert (Minestrone Soup, Biscuits and Brownies) Collage

There you have it; a random day of food with a side of car accident. By the way, if you can’t already tell, humor is one of my defense mechanisms. It’s like swaddling yourself in a blanket of laughter. It works for me.

What’s one of your defense mechanisms?

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NEDA: I Had No Idea

I’ve never had an eating disorder, aside from some random fumbling and a few failed experiments in high school, which is par for the course at that age. I’ll also never look at a bottle of Boone’s the same way again. Shudder.


This week is National Eating Disorder Week, and the theme is I Had No Idea, which I find to be incredibly ironic, in a sad sort of way. Here’s the thing, as a part of the Healthy Living Blog community, I find myself surrounded by bloggers who still have no idea. They practice food restriction, exercise compulsion, and/or drastic caloric reductions all under the guise of healthy living. The not so funny part is they believe they’re promulgating health and wellness, as opposed to exhibiting signs of having an eating or an exercise disorder. Yup, sad stuff to be sure.

I’m not trying to be offensive here, call people out, or make anyone feel less. Being an ass doesn’t interest me, and I’m certainly in no position to judge. We’ve all got issues, mine just come in different flavors, which are grouped by color and in rainbow order. Obviously.

The bloggers caught up in this behavior are not bad people with nefarious intentions, pushing disordered agendas, all while cackling away as little girls get skinnier and skinner. That’s not how it works. Instead, these bloggers are you. They’re me. They’re works in progress and sometimes they’re on a downward spiral and the simple fact of the matter is they have no idea.  

It can be a razor sharp line between disordered behavior and healthy habits. The healthy side of that line is pretty damn sexy though. Let’s talk about it.  

The healthy side includes gorgeous bowls of greens, topped with flavorful and fat filled cheese.

It includes dressing for those very same salads.

Vegetarian Cobb Salad Dec 2014

It includes letting go of control and being okay with that.

It includes not caring about the caloric make up of everything or even better, anything.

It includes happily consuming food with no labels.

It includes eating without needing to weigh each and every morsel you ingest.

It includes having your cake and eating it too.

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It includes a life without laxatives, diuretics or weight loss pills.

It includes eating without wanting to purge.

It includes trusting yourself around trigger foods.

It includes all the yolks because it’s where the nutrients live. Plus, they’re delicious.

Asparagus, Roasted Veggies and Fried Egg B

It includes eating without obsessing over macros.

It includes eating without remorse or guilt.

It includes eating without needing to exercise it off.

It includes bread. Mostly whole grain, but sometimes the fluffy white and possibly sugar filled Orange Chocolate Chip variety.

Orange Chocolate Chip Dessert Bread

It includes traveling without a suitcase full of your own food, just in case.

It includes walking away from the scale.

It includes not letting food control your life.

It includes booze, in the middle of the day.

Day Drinking - Alcohol, Cider, Mule, Beer

It includes dinner out, without worrying about what’s on the menu and if it meets your dietary needs.

It includes eating publicly and with friends.

It includes eating until you feel truly satiated.

It includes going back for seconds simply because it tastes good.

It includes pizzas topped with veggies and cheese.

Angeleo's Artichoke Red Pepper Pesto Pizza

It includes working out when you feel like it, not because you have to.

It includes not worrying about when you’re going to squeeze in the next workout.

It includes Pajama Days.

It includes complete days off from exercise, yoga included.

 Body Pump Class

It includes recognizing you are enough right now. You are strong enough. You are smart enough. You are good enough. You are Enough.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating or exercise disorder, help is available here. It’s never too late to ask or get started.

Have you ever dealt with an eating or exercise disorder? If so, how did you or how are you working to overcome it?

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