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Cardamom Frying-Pan Granola

This granola is different. I toyed with the idea for ages: frying pan granola! It’s quick, super simple and only uses one vessel - a frying pan!
Servings: 4


  • 25 g raw almonds
  • 25 g raw walnuts
  • 15 g raw pistachios
  • Seeds of 4 cardamom pods crushed and ground in mortar and pestle
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 60 g rolled oats
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of maldon sea salt


  • Line a baking tray with parchment.
  • Chop all the nuts very roughly (if some are whole, no problem, just make sure the majority are roughly chopped). Place a medium frying pan or cast iron skillet on the hob on a low heat. Add the chopped nuts and toast, stirring frequently, for a few minutes until the nuts start to smell fragrant and are starting to brown slightly (watch them like a hawk, you don’t want them to burn!)
  • After a few minutes, add the spices and toast for a further minute. Add half of the coconut oil to the pan and stir to combine everything - making sure the oil melts. Once melted, add the oats and stir everything together again. Turn the heat up to medium and allow the oats to toast, stirring frequently, making sure nothing burns. Toast the oats for around 3-5 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.
  • Part the oats to make a small well in the centre of the frying pan. Add to the centre the remaining oil and the maple syrup. Allow the oil and maple syrup to melt together then mix the oats into the centre, making sure everything is glazed with maple. Keep toasting for another few minutes until most of the moisture in the pan has evaporated, then remove from the heat. Stir in the pinch of salt. Immediately turn the granola out onto the lined baking tray and leave to chill in a cool place until room temperature. At this point, it should be crispy and delicious.