This Homemade Granola is vegan, gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup and packed full of nuts and seeds -healthy proteins to keep you feeling fueled and energized all day long. It also works wonders for a sluggish digestive system keeping things nice and regular!
Topped with homemade yogurt and fresh berries, it’s one of my favorite breakfasts. And the best part is, it only takes 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven! I often make large batches of this granola during busy times of the year to have on hand on busy mornings and to away give as gifts.
For this recipe, dig through your pantry and gather all the things that need using up. If need be, visit the bulk section of your grocery store and load up on nuts, seeds, gluten-free oats and optional dried fruit.
The nice thing about this homemade granola is you can adapt it to your own needs, preferences and tastes once you have the basic recipe.
Play around and get creative with it!
I love making this at night, before bed, allowing it to completely cool down overnight on the counter, preserving its “clusters”.
In the morning you’ll wake up to the most glorious breakfast.
Bake the Homemade Granola at 325 F until golden and fragrant, about 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, and patting down, and rotating the pan. Patting the granola down, halfway through, allows it to form those glorious clusters we all dream of. I like to add coconut flakes at the halfway point when giving the granola a stir, so they don’t get overly dark.
Allow it to cool completely before breaking it apart. Then add the dried fruit. The granola turns out perfectly crispy with just enough sweetness.
For easy access, store in an airtight canister on your counter with a handy scoop and this will keep for a couple of months.
Homemade Granola! How to make the BEST healthy vegan granola, sweetened with maple syrup. Full of nuts, seeds and delicious clusters!
- 2 cups organic rolled oats- quick or thick, or gluten-free
- 1 ½ cups raw nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios)
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- 1 cup flaked coconut (optional) -unsweetened, big flakes! not grated
- 1/2 cup mix of seeds- chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds (all optional)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cardamon or nutmeg
- generous 5 finger pinch salt
- ⅓ cup olive oil or coconut oil – melted
- ⅓ cup real maple syrup
- 1 cup dried fruit- (optional) cherries, craisins, figs, chopped mango, currants, chopped apricots, or raisins
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Combine all ingredients except the dried fruit in a big bowl. Taste, and adjust salt and sweetness.
- If the mixture seems dry add just enough oil and maple ( in equal portions) to lightly coat all ingredients.
- Spread out on one or two large rimmed, parchment-lined baking sheets and place in the oven and bake 12 minutes. Stir the granola, and flatten out gently with the back of a spatula, and rotate the pan. Bake 10-15 more minutes or until golden and fragrant. Let this cool down completely on the counter before breaking it apart, to ensure good “clusters”. ( I often make this at night before bed, letting it cool over night).
- After it has completely cooled break the granola apart, add optional dried fruit and store in an airtight container. This will last a couple of months!
Placing this on the upper oven rack may scorch it, middle or lower rack is best. 🙂
All ovens are different. Just be sure to check it and stir after 10-12 minutes!
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