Because of my exams, I have not been so available lately. I decided to apologize by sharing with you the recipe to make a vegan granola ! It’s such a better alternative to what you can find in stores : not only it is cheaper, it is also much healthier, and taste as good (even better !).
The recipe is pretty simple. For that, you’ll need:
- Whole rolled oats
- Coconut flakes
- Raisins or any other dried fruit of your choice (apricots and figs are the bomb !)
- Chopped almonds / nuts / cashews / peanuts (choose or mix !)
- Seeds : sesame, flax, chia, sunflower
- Vanilla powder or extract
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup or agave
- A pinch of salt (optional – I use himalayan pink salt which has a distinctive taste, do not use table salt)
Everything’s set on your kitchen counter ? Good. Now, the recipe !
- In a bowl, combine and stir :
- a generous amount of whole rolled oats
- one handful of the nuts and seeds of choice
- one tablespoon of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt (optional)
- In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients :
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- two tablespoons of agave or maple syrup
- Pour the mixture onto the oats-nuts-seeds mix, then stir gently so that every dry ingredient is coated with the wet mixture
- Pour and flatten the preparation with your hands in a dish that goes in your oven
- Cook for about 20 minutes at 160°C (or 300-320° degrees Fahrenheit)
- After 20-25 minutes, take out the granola. It should start to be crispy and golden. Add your dried fruit and coconut flakes, stir the mixture, and put it back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once done, let it cool, then pour into an airtight container ! Voilà, you’re done !
This recipe is very simple to make, and delicious. You can keep your granola in an air tight container for up to a month (if it is not eaten by then !) In addition, you can vary the recipes a lot. I gave you an universal recipe, but you can make a dried berries-pecan granola, an apricot-coconut one, a peanut butter-chocolate one, a walnut-fig one… The combination are endless.
I personally did not have on hand any rice puffs, buckinis (activated buckwheat) or puffed quinoa because it is kind of hard to find them where I live, but I’m sure it would taste amazing mixed with the rolled oats as it would make it crispier – and who doesn’t love a crispy granola with cold almond milk and fresh fruit first thing in the morning ?
If you gave this recipe a try, let me know in the comments how it turned out !