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Easy Cacio e Pepe Power Granola
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14 INGREDIENTS • 12 STEPS • 2HRS

Easy Cacio e Pepe Power Granola

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For the last year, I have leaned on heartwarming, familiar, and simple cacio e pepe for comfort. To pay homage to the popular dinner I wanted to turn it into a fun, snackable, but still savory granola. With DIY puffed rice, crispy chickpeas, and a boost of buggie power this is an easy and healthy snack for any occasion. Sustainable food has never been more delicious!
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Joy Nemerson at SideChef
Hi, I'm Joy! When I’m not developing recipes or producing SideChef content I explore entomophagy aka I EAT BUGS! I cook “Uncomfortable Comfort Food” -See GetBuggie on IG for more!
https://www.sidechef.com
For the last year, I have leaned on heartwarming, familiar, and simple cacio e pepe for comfort. To pay homage to the popular dinner I wanted to turn it into a fun, snackable, but still savory granola. With DIY puffed rice, crispy chickpeas, and a boost of buggie power this is an easy and healthy snack for any occasion. Sustainable food has never been more delicious!
2HRS
Total Time
$0.79
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
8
US / Metric
Chickpeas
1 can
(15 oz)
Chickpeas
liquid reserved
Gluten-Free Oats
2 cups
Gluten-Free Oats
Pepitas
1/3 cup
Pepitas
Salt
1 tsp
Za'atar
1 tsp
Za'atar
Cricket Powder
2 Tbsp
Cricket Powder
optional
Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup
Vegetable Oil
Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup
Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/4 cup
Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Roasted Mealworms
1/4 cup
Roasted Mealworms
or Roasted Edible Insect of Choice
optional
Puffed Rice
White Rice
1/3 cup
White Rice
1 cup cooked rice per 8 servings or any leftover amount you have
Vegetable Oil
1 cup
Vegetable Oil
up to 2 cups
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
591
Fat
43.8 g
Protein
12.1 g
Carbs
41.5 g
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Joy Nemerson at SideChef
Hi, I'm Joy! When I’m not developing recipes or producing SideChef content I explore entomophagy aka I EAT BUGS! I cook “Uncomfortable Comfort Food” -See GetBuggie on IG for more!
https://www.sidechef.com

Author's Notes

The grand goal of this recipe is to be sustainable, tasty and introduce edible upcycling and edible insects in a comfortable and delicious way. Edible upcycling entails taking something that might be going to waste (leftover rice). This savory granola is the perfect snack, salad or soup topping, side to creamy cheese, or any way else you want to serve it.
Cooking InstructionsHide images
step 1
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
step 2
Spread the cooked White Rice (1/3 cup) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the rice is dry, about 1 hour.
step 3
Heat Vegetable Oil (1 cup) over medium-high heat until it bubbles when you stick a chopstick in. Place dried rice into the oil- it should puff within 10 seconds. If it doesn’t, heat the oil longer.
step 4
Fish the rice out with a slotted spoon and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate.
step 5
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
step 6
Placing a colander over a large bowl, drain the Chickpeas (1 can). Reserve the liquid. Pat chickpeas dry and pour into a large bowl.
step 7
To the chickpeas, add Gluten-Free Oats (2 cups), Pepitas (1/3 cup), puffed rice, Salt (1 tsp), Ground Black Pepper (1/2 Tbsp), Za'atar (1 tsp), and Cricket Powder (2 Tbsp). Stir to combine.
step 8
Using a whisk whip ½ cup of the chickpea liquid (aquafaba). Slowly pour in Vegetable Oil (1/4 cup) and Maple Syrup (2 Tbsp) and keep whisking.
step 9
Pour liquid over oat mixture and toss until mixture is completely soaked. Let it sit for 10 minutes to absorb more of the liquid.
step 10
Fold in the Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup), Pecorino Romano Cheese (1/4 cup), Roasted Mealworms (1/4 cup), and sprinkle more pepper.
step 11
Press mixture onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
step 12
Allow it to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container. Serve on its own, on top of a salad, with cheese, with soup, and anything else that needs a boost of delicious peppery crunch.
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Beans & Legumes
American
Gluten-Free
Snack
Healthy
Shellfish-Free
Whole Grains
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