I stumbled upon granola when I turned vegan. I was exploring new recipes, as I enjoy doing, and this seemed pretty simple so why not? Im so glad I tried it!
First and foremost, its delicious. Crunchy and slightly sweet. I finished my Tupperware of this stuff in the first week!
Its also versatile, granola is not just for breakfast. Before trying this recipe, I had only eaten store bought granola with yoghurt but when I made this I had it with almond milk, sprinkled it on smoothie bowls (like Honest Jar Smoothies), nice-cream and even just ate it on its own as a snack.
Lastly, as someone who has been on various food journeys, I really like knowing what is in my food. I don't generally add a lot of sweetness to food, I drink coffee black with no sugar and I find that store bought granola is always too sweet and I'm suspicious of what type of sweetners they use. Call me paranoid but I get particularly suspicious when they start using the scientific name for sugar in the ingredients list. By making my own granola, I know exactly whats in it and I can control the sweetness level, and so can you!
So, get started and tell me what you think.
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup almonds
3/4 cup pecans
1/2 cup coconut shavings
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup molasses (any sweetener you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried banana (any dried fruit you prefer!)
Preheat oven to 180
Add dry ingredients to a bowl (EXCEPT any dried fruit, in this case, the cranberries and bananas)
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave
Add the molasses and vanilla to the melted oil and give it a quick stir (it won’t combine 100%)
Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well, should all be coated but not soggy so add this slowly just to be sure
Lay in lines baking tray and back for about 10min
Add dried fruit and bake for another 10min
This granola is a great addition to the Honest Jar smoothies