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Homemade Granola Recipe ( VEGAN + Gluten-free)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 cups
  • Category: Breakfast, vegan breakfast, gluten-free breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Northwest

Description

Homemade Granola! How to make the BEST healthy vegan granola, sweetened with maple syrup. Full of nuts, seeds and delicious clusters!


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Combine all ingredients except the dried fruit in a big bowl. Taste, and adjust salt and sweetness.
  3. If the mixture seems dry add just enough oil and maple ( in equal portions) to lightly coat all ingredients.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!

Notes

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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