Oftentimes chefs don’t want to cook another meal when they get home after an arduous 12-hour stretch behind the burners. But throwing together a comforting snack to help take the edge off the day is another proposition entirely. These scrumptious nibbles don’t require a degree from the Culinary Institute of America to make, but they’re worthy of winning a Top Chef Quickfire Challenge.
This week, the Ritz-Carlton’s executive chef Yves Samake shares his recipe for Date Pistachio Granola. This sweet, crunchy mix is great way to start the day or to get a midafternoon kickstart. You could even sprinkle a handful over a bowl of ice cream to trick yourself into thinking that you’re enjoying a healthy dessert.
Date Pistachio Granola
- 2 3/8 cups instant oatmeal
- 3/8 cup chopped pistachio nuts
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/16 cup vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 5/8 cup date nuggets
- Combine first four dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Combine spices separately, then add melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Mix apple juice and maple syrup into the butter mixture.
- Combine all ingredients.
- Place on large baking sheet and bake at 350 Degrees F for 30–45 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- After removing from oven, add the date nuggets.
- Store in airtight containers. Makes approximately 15 servings.