I was thinking about granola today - all of the options of nuts and grains and spices - and the binders, too. And then I got to thinking: What about savoury granola? Maybe with toasted pine nuts and scattered on top of a salad? Or pecans and added to a bowl of squash soup? Aren't the possibilities endless? Maybe add a bit of chili powder and add to a bowl of chili? Maybe chili powder and some dried tropical fruits?
The only stumper I can come up with is what to use as a binder for the mixture: I don't want something sweet (syrup, honey, etc.) and was wondering if a beaten egg white (like you'd use when making spiced or sugared nuts) might work?
I was also contemplating fresh herbs: maybe minced rosemary added to the pine nuts? Or sage leaves with walnuts? One would have to be careful about the herbs burning though, I'd think.
Has anyone done this and do you have any pointers? What mixtures might be good?