Why You Should Make Your Own Granola: Easy Vegan Granola Recipe

Granola has been a staple in my diet for many years, I find an excuse to incorporate it into my meals pretty much everyday. Whether it’s to go along with my breakfast smoothie bowl or as an afternoon snack, it’s safe to say I’m pretty obsessed with the stuff. Something changed a few years ago though: I started making my own granola and let me tell you, it’s the best thing ever.

I used to always buy cheap granola in bulk from the supermarket and while it was tasty, I soon realised that the ingredients aren’t the best. Often store bought granola, especially from cheaper brands, use ingredients like palm oil and lots of syrup. While I still eat products with these ingredients at times, I do try my best to do so minimally. Seeing as I eat granola on a very regular basis, I realised it made a lot more sense to make my own.

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Making your own granola is great for various reasons. Firstly, you can make your granola much healthier at home. Besides omitting the ingredients mentioned earlier, you can also easily add superfoods and other healthy ingredients to your own granola. I always add chia seeds and ground flax seeds, as well as a variety of nuts. This brings me on to another reason why making your own granola is so much better: it’s a lot cheaper. There is definitely some granolas on the market which are pretty healthy and tasty, but they often comes with a hefty price tag. By making your own you're saving a lot of money, as the ingredients you need can be bought in bulk and last you several batches.

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I hope that by now I’ve convinced you that making your own granola at home really is the way to go. If you’re wanting to give it a try, here’s my recipe for easy vegan granola:

 

Ingredients:
(Serves: 2 people for about a week)

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup of chopped nuts of your choice. I use a mix of almonds and walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of your choice. I use peanut butter.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • inch of salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C
  • In a big bowl, add and mix the oats, chopped nuts, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your coconut oil, maple syrup, nut butter and vanilla.
  • Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients, and mix. I find this is easiest done with clean bare hands. Make sure the wet ingredients evenly coat everything.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Transfer your mixture to the baking tray and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Taking it out of the oven, let it cool.
  • Once cooled, break apart the baked product. It will initially look like a big cookie, but it is easy to separate. You can leave as many or little big chunks as you desire. At this stage you can also add in your raisins.
  • Store your granola in a airtight glass of plastic container.
     

Look at this recipe as a base granola recipe, as you can customise it so easily. All my batches always turn out slightly different, because I’m always throwing in ingredients that I have lying around the house. Change up the nuts and seeds you use, add in some cacao or try a mixture of dried fruit; you can really do anything with this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and I apologise in advance if you too become obsessed with granola because of this!

 

Written by Eline Jeanné (@the_vegan_globetrotter), who also writes her own blog: www.heartofatraveller.com

 

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