Nutty Date and Orange crunchy granola

  • Author: Alice Pagès
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: 4 servings
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


This simple crunchy granola is packed with subtle flavors of hazelnut and orange for a nourishing, healthy and tasty breakfast. Perfect with a spoon of yogurt and fresh fruits.



  • 1 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup rice flakes (or replace with more oats, see Notes)
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • zest from half an orange
  • 4 dates pitted and chopped 


  1. Preheat the oven to 345F and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix the rolled oats and the rice flakes in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Pour the coconut maple mixture in the dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spatula until everything is well coated. Then add the apple sauce, ground ginger and salt, and stir to spread. The mixture should be crumbly and a little wet.
  5. Finally mix in the black sesame seeds, crushed hazelnuts, orange zest, the dates pitted and roughly chopped and mix to incorporate all the ingredients.
  6. Spread out the granola on the baking tray in an even layer. Try to form an even rectangle in the center of the sheet but don’t over pack the granola. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip the granola and bake for 10 minutes more until crispy and golden.
  8. Remove from the oven, give a last good stir and allow to completely cool down before serving or storing.


  1. Once cold, store the granola in a glass jar or an airtight container on the countertop. It can be kept for more than a month in a dry place away from light.
  2. If you’re gluten intolerant, make sure you are using certified gluten free rolled oats.
  3. You can replace the rice flakes with more oats or any flakes of your choice (quinoa, spelt, …). Rice flakes add crunchiness and texture to the granola.

Keywords: granola, cereals, breakfast, gluten free, muesli, nutty, orange, date, healthy