Granola is an ideal on-the-go snack, can be used to top yogurt and salads, and is just downright delicious. It is one of my favorite things to eat in the morning! However, a lot of granolas that are premade to be bought in stores can be pretty unhealthy. There can be a lot of added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and candy added into the granola that defeats the health purpose of it. But, not to fear, making your own granola lets you control exactly what goes into your delicious snack, and it is super easy to make.
In general, there are a few base ingredients to all granolas. Obviously you will need some oats first. Then you have the option of adding in nut and seeds, dried fruit, an oil, and a type of sweetener or flavoring. Below I have detailed what I used for my granola (all vegan friendly of course!), but feel free to switch out any of the ingredients that you would like. This granola goes great as a topping for my vanilla chia pudding too!
To begin, I gathered my ingredients. Shown below are rolled oats, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, dried dates, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, coconut oil, vanilla, and some cinnamon.
Next, I combined the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mixed well.
Then, I added in the liquid ingredients and mixed until well combined.
The next step is to spread out the granola onto a lined baking sheet and spread across. The granola will bake in the oven for about a half hour.
Once done, the granola should be stored in an air-tight container (such as a mason jar) and can be enjoyed however you please!
Vegan Leaf Granola
- 3 cups oats
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup dried apricots cut into small pieces
- 1/3 cup dried date pieces
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
Add in oil and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Spread mixture onto a lined baking sheet.
Bake in oven at 350˚ for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Let cool and place in an airtight container for storage.