COZY BANANA BREAD GRANOLA by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

early fall will forever be granola season in my house, i’m never able to really deep-dive into autumn right away (especially when daytime temps are still pretty warm), and granola is the perfect touch of cozy that shifts everything towards a more snug vibe, plus it’s a cinch to make, and lasts for breakfast and snacks throughout the week! but the kicker here is that the banana and spices give your home the coziest fragrance that immediately puts you in the mood for all things fall.

weekday breakfasts tend to be an eat-and-go situation where frank and i are independently huddled in some corner of the house trying to get food in our mouth while we feed amesy, and in between nursing joey. almost 2 months of juggling 2 children, and we still haven’t really gotten our groove, but having prepared breakfasts are key to starting our day out nourished and feeling our best. i love granola just for this reason: it has the ability to be the cornerstone of wholesome breakfasts and snacks.

this granola is grain free, and made from chopped nuts and seeds. we add a good bit of spice here to help with the banana bread flavor we’re going for. but the glue that holds it all together is my new favorite oil, thrive algae oil! it’s a wonderful oil to cook, bake, and make sauces and dressings with, especially when you don’t want any unwanted added flavor in what you’re cooking or baking. take this granola for example. we really want the banana to shine here, and thanks to this flavorless, odorless oil, it very much does! unlike most other flavorless oils, algae oil is high in the kinds of healthy monounsaturated fats our bodies love, and low in saturated fat. it’s really been a game changer in my kitchen. i also love that it’s widely available and isn’t a niche product. i get it at my local whole foods, but it’s available on amazon, and at grocery stores nationwide.

i hope you all are enjoying the first weeks of fall so far. our mornings in southern california are cool, but the afternoon temps are still in the 80s. but nevertheless, we’re planning on getting out and living up all those fun autumn activities - i’ve been looking into where L:A picks apple and pumpkins (it’s harder to find patches here than i thought), i’m also trying to get ahead of the game when it comes to halloween costumes for both the boys (!!), while also decking out our entrance for all things fall/halloween (amesy, who’s now 3, is alllll about it!).

big cozy hugs! xo

*this post was created in partnership with Thrive Algae Oil. all thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own. thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep dolly and oatmeal going!

cozy banana bread granola | v & gf

feel free to swap out any of the nuts and seeds for what you prefer or have on hand. if you don’t want this to be grain-free, by all means swap out some nuts for rolled oats or even puffed quinoa or rice. this is the kind of recipe that begs for customization.

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| makes roughly 3 cups |

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup chopped almonds and cashews

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 sunflower seeds

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled

  • 1/4 cup Thrive Algae Oil

  • 2 tablespoons good maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes


  1. preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. in a large bowl, mix together the chopped nuts, seeds, spices, and salt. set aside.

  3. add the banana, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla to the container of a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade. pulse until the mixture is completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed.

  4. pour the banana mixture over the nut and seed mixture. use a rubber spatula to thoroughly stir everything together. turn the granola out into the prepared baking sheet; use a spatula to evenly spread the granola out.

  5. baked for 15 minutes, then add the coconut and toss it together with the granola. bake for another 10-15 minutes, until lightly toasted and fragrant.

  6. let granola cool completely, then store in a lidded container. granola can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.


we welcomed our little baby joey on august 15th. we couldn’t be more in love and smitten with him. even amesy is tolerating his cries, and endless diaper changes. he’s even been pretty good at sharing me with his baby brother. i plan to share a bit more about joey’s birth story. but needless to say, it’s been a wonderful, chaotic whirlwind. so, stay tuned!

let’s talk pizza. specifically this peach-y garlicky pizza that we’ve been making all summer long! this combination of ingredients was somewhat of a hodgepodge of things leftover in our fridge one saturday night/a medley of ingredients we frequently combine for salads and such. the first thing you need is a ripe juicy peach. i’ve tried this with a semi-ripe, not-too-sweet peach, and while tasty, it didn’t hit the right note (the sweet, juiciness is key here). but since it’s the height of peach season just about everywhere in the states, i doubt you’ll have trouble finding one. next, you need some really good aged balsamic. the watery grocery store variety probably won’t cut it in terms of the sweet, acidic drizzle we’re going for here. and lastly, a good pesto. if i’m not making my own, then a store bought version is just as good. for cheese, i go between a buffalo milk fresh mozzarella, or a vegan mozzarella that are both wonderful here (of course depending on your diet). and for the pizza crust, i always use my recipe for the best gluten free pizza dough, or, if i’ve run out, i use this frozen dough that is quite good as a backup.

this is our go-to friday night summer pizza pie and i only thought it my duty to share its deliciousness here with you before we say goodbye to summer vacation. i hope you get the chance to make it! happy end of august!



garlic-cashew cream | makes roughly 1 1/2 cups

  • 2 small heads garlic

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaker for at 5 least 5 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • salt & pepper

pizza | makes 1 pie/8slices

  • 1 portion of this pizza dough (or pizza dough of choice, roughly 1/2 pound)

  • 1/4-1/3 cup garlic-cashew cream (recipe above)

  • 1 ripe peach, sliced

  • 6-8 ounces mozzarella (if using fresh mozzarella about 2-3 small balls)

  • 2 tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought

  • 1 cup baby arugula

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar

  • flaky sea salt

  • freshly ground pepper


  1. make the garlic-cashew cream. preheat oven to 400°F. cut the tops of the garlic heads to expose cloves of garlic. place the garlic heads in foil and drizzle over the 2 teaspoons olive oil. fold up the foil to make a loose packet, and place in the oven. cook until knife tender, about 30-40 minutes. let cool.

  2. in the container of an upright (preferably high-speed) blender, combine the cashews, roasted garlic cloves, almond milk, 1 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons vinegar, dijon, onion powder, a few fat pinches salt, and a couple grinds of pepper. blend on high, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, until the garlic-cashew cream is smooth. taste and adjust, adding more vinegar, salt, and/or pepper if needed. use right away, or store in a resealable container in the fridge (garlic-cashew cream can stay in the fridge for up 1 week.)

  3. make the pizza. place a pizza stone in your oven, and preheat to 500°F.

  4. cut a large piece of parchment paper and place it on your countertop. place the dough in the center, and sprinkle with some brown rice flour. starting from the center, use your fingertips to spread the dough out into a large 10-11-inch circle or oval (the edges may crack a bit, and that's ok, just pinch the dough back together). use your dishtowel, and place it on top of the dough, letting it rise again, for roughly 30 minutes.

  5. trim the parchment paper below your pizza dough, and discard. (if there's too much overhang it can quickly burn, we just need enough for the dough to sit on.)

  6. use a pizza peel (or cookie sheet) to carefully slide your pizza dough (along with its' parchment) onto the pizza stone. par-bake the dough for 6-7 minutes. remove from oven, and use a spoon to spread the garlic cream evenly over top. then evenly spread the peaches over the garlic cream. place in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes, until peaches have softened. add your cheese of choice, then add dollops of pesto. bake one last time, until cheese is melted and crust is crisp, about 6-8 minutes. remove from oven and top with arugula. drizzle with olive oil, the balsamic vinegar; sprinkle some flaky sea salt, and fresh pepper over top.

  7. slice, and serve hot.

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GREEN GODDESS DRESSING (VEGAN) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

if there was ever a universal sauce, green goddess dressing is it! while this isn’t an exclusively “summer” sauce, i love it best during the hot summer months. the yogurt, and fresh herbs lend a cooling vibe to each and every meal it graces. it’s creamy, yet light, and adds so much flavor, while not being overpowering. there are quite a lot of vegan green goddess versions out there in grocery stores and the internet, but nothing compares to a homemade version with your designated mix of herbs and seasonings; and most importantly: no weird emulsifiers or additives (as many bottled brands can have, unfortunately).

if you’re familiar with a lot of the creamy recipes on this site, then you’re used to me referencing this greek-style plant-based yogurt that i love for just about everything from making vegan labneh, yogurt-tahini, and this vegan caesar dressing. while you can use your preferred yogurt of choice, i lean on that greek-style yogurt once again here. to it, we add a whole bunch of fresh summer herbs, and squeezes of tart lemon juice. and in leui of anchovies, we coconut aminos (of miso paste) for a bit of umami flavor. it’s essentially a super simple list of ingredients for what results in a powerful little dressing that also qualifies as a sauce and dip.

a few things i love using it for (in no particular order):

  • used as a sauce over vegetable, chicken, or fish kebabs

  • mixed into a potato salad instead of a traditional mayonnaise base

  • drizzled over your favorite green salad or a wedge salad situation

  • used as a dip for fresh cut vegetables and grilled (or toasted) bread

  • a dip for roasted or grilled sweet potato wedges

  • slather it over bread and make a green goddess sandwich

  • or use it as a dressing for a cold, green goddess pasta salad

sky’s the limit! xo!

green goddess dressing | v

| makes 1 1/4 cups |

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  1. in the cup of a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade, combine the herbs, garlic, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, mustard, 2 teaspoons coconut aminos, and yogurt; season with salt and pepper. blend, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container. taste and add more lemon juice, coconut aminos, and/or salt & pepper if necessary and blend once again.

  2. once the dressing is to your liking, transfer to a lidded bottle or jar and store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

  • 1/4 cup fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 2-3 teaspoons coconut aminos

  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based yogurt (preferably greek-style, like this one)

  • salt and fresh ground pepper