- 3 cups gluten-free extra thick rolled oats
- 1 cup walnut halves, chopped
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sliced almonds, unsalted
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp coarse grain sea salt
- ~2 tbsp of dried culinary lavender buds, divided, plus more or less to taste
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 oz. dried blueberries**
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet (such as a half sheet pan) with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix all the oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, salt, cardamom and 1 tbsp of the culinary lavender. In a small bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix the granola to coat evenly.
- Turn the granola out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and use the back of a spoon (or clean hands) to spread the granola evenly.
- Bake the blueberry lavender granola for 30-35 minutes (checking at 30 minutes for doneness), stirring/turning the granola every 10 minutes or so with a spatula, making sure to spread the granola back out in an single layer for even coloration.*
- Remove the granola/baking sheet from the oven and place the sheet on a wire cooling rack. Allow the granola to cool completely.
- When the granoal is cool, add in the dried blueberries and taste the granola. If you desire more lavender flavor, add the reserved 1 tbsp of culinary lavender, 1 tsp at a time, stirring and tasting along the way. (I found 2 tbsp worked beautifully for me.) For an even stronger flavor, add more culinary lavender as desired (1 tsp at a time).
- Serve the blueberry lavender granola with your favorite plant milk or plant-based yogurt, or as a snack by the handful. Add a drizzle of brown rice syrup, fresh lavender buds (as garnish), and/or fresh fruit, such as blueberries, on top as desired. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
*Oven temperatures/timing may vary. Look for granola that is evenly golden brown and crisp to indicate doneness.
** If you can’t find dried blueberries, simply make the granola without this ingredient and add more fresh bluberries as desired when serving.