Pistachio Cardamom Granola

Pistachio Cardamom Granola ~ a crunchy homemade granola made with a decidedly Middle Eastern flair. This is a breakfast cereal with a sophisticated flavor you won’t find in your supermarket!

pistachio cardamom granola in a silver bowl with spoon

Some of my favorite recipes start out as a burning desire to taste a simple combination of flavors. Pistachio and cardamom are paired up in desserts from India to Greece, and all over the Middle East, where pistachio trees originated, but not so much here. It’s too bad, because thanks to the California climate we actually have access to a good supply of fresh pistachio nuts.

But American pistachios didn’t come on the market until the 1970s, and even today you have to hunt and peck through any nut mix to find one or two bright green gems. And when you do find them in stores they are usually heavily salted. I guess I should be happy that those awful red dyed shells are a thing of the past.

It’s worth the effort to try to find a bag of unsalted nuts in their shells. They have an unusual sweet flavor that comes through when it’s not masked by all that salt. The color is much brighter, too. And it’s fun to see your treasure pile of green nuts grow as you pop them out of their shells.

Today I used ground cardamom for convenience, but if you really want the full experience of the aromatic cardamom flavor, roast and grind your own seeds. Just crack the pods open with a rolling pin, roast them in a dry pan until fragrant, and then remove and grind the little black seeds in a coffee grinder. You can get the step by step directions in my Cardamom and Coffee Pound Cake post.

I used jumbo golden raisins for a color contrast and sweetness, but apricots, dates or figs would be good, too. I usually put everything but the kitchen sink into my granolas, but here I want to keep the extras minimal to focus on the cardamom and pistachio.

This is the perfect granola to pair with Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt for an exotic breakfast.

Pistachio cardamom granola with homemade coconut milk yogurt

Pistachio Cardamom Granola with homemade coconut milk yogurt

If you love cardamom, try these other cardamom recipes from the archives ~

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Pistachio Cardamom Granola

Pistachio Cardamom Granola ~ a crunchy homemade granola made with a decidedly Middle Eastern flair.  This is a breakfast cereal with a sophisticated flavor you won't find in your supermarket!
Course breakfast cereal
Cuisine American
Calories 272.19kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup jumbo raisins
  • 2/3 cups roasted unsalted pistachios rough chopped


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Mix the oats, cardamom and sesame seeds in a bowl.
  • Whisk the oil, honey and vanilla together and pour over the oats, tossing well until all the oats are evenly coated.
  • Spread out the oat mixture on a dry baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Watch it at the end, it can burn quickly.
  • When the oats are golden brown, remove from the oven and add the nuts and raisins. Let cool completely on the baking sheet, then store in an airtight jar.


Calories: 272.19kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.64g | Protein: 6.03g | Fat: 15.15g | Saturated Fat: 1.67g | Sodium: 2.83mg | Fiber: 3.99g | Sugar: 12.61g
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Notes for Pistachio Cardamom Granola:

  • I usually toast the nuts along with the oats in granola recipes, but since most pistachios are already roasted I left them out. If you do find raw pistachios, add them to the oats at the beginning.


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  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    cardamom, almond oil, big golden raisins…this is just the most beautiful looking granola, Sue!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    March 22, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Oh Sue! this is like a party at breakfast time! wonderful 🙂
    Mary x

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    March 22, 2013 at 1:04 am

    This sounds and looks so good….I’m adding this to my Easter Brunch menu! I love all of the photos, but my fave is that last one…in a crystal bowl on slate…so pretty.

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    March 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    What a great granola combination! The flavors almost read like a Middle Eastern tagine–but then the cardamom makes me think Scandinavia. I wonder if there are any dried lingonberries to be found int he stores…

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    March 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Your granola is so much more exotic than the everyday granola I make. I must take a walk on the wild side and break out of my average box. Gorgeous photos.

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    March 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Love that you added cardamom! I bet it smells so good!!!

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    La Table De Nana
    March 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Pretty darn gorgeous granola..Love the pistachios~

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    Tricia Buice
    March 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Very nice! I adore pistachios and wish they weren’t so expensive. I made pistachio paste some time ago and found 1/2 still in my freezer. While it won’t help me make your wonderful granola it will end up in something sweet this weekend. I am also going to look up information about the almond oil – sounds interesting!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      March 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      I’d love to taste pistachio butter, I might have to make some just to satisfy my curiosity. And the almond oil I used was actually toasted almond oil because that’s what I had, and it almost had a toasted sesame oil flavor.

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    Nicole Pearce
    March 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    and coconut yogurt too? Brilliant! 🙂

  • Reply
    March 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Wow! This is right up my alley. I too love pistachios and cardamom. I’ll put cardamom into everything from tea to bread.

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