I was wondering whether I could use coconut oil instead of olive oil in the Toasty Olive Oil Granola, or would it set once cool?
Nigella's Toasty Olive OIl Granola (from SIMPLY NIGELLA) is made with olive oil, maple syrup and oats and spiced with cinnamon and ginger. It does not have any dried fruits but a mixture of nuts and seeds, so is not too sweet and perfect for breakfast or as a snack. It should be possible to use coconut oil instead of olive oil and once the granola is baked it is unlikely to set as long as the granola is stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Coconut oil turns from solid to liquid at about 24c, so it is often solid at room temperature and you will probably need to melt and cool it slightly before using, so that the coconut oil is liquid and just warm. We would also suggest pouring the oil directly over the dry ingredients and mixing, then add the maple syrup and mix again. We would avoid mixing the melted coconut oil with the syrup in a jug as maple syrup is usually stored in the fridge and warm coconut oil may not mix very well with the cold syrup. You should use the same volume of coconut oil as olive oil (125ml/1/2 cup).