Granola! One of the kings of breakfast world. I am well and truly currently obsessed with it -crunchy, salty, sweet, and perfect with all my favourite breakfasts.
The thing I love most about granola is when it makes those beautiful golden crunchy clusters. In most granola recipes, Oats is the main base ingredient – so when I had to cut out gluten in my diet (thus, oats) finding a good granola in-store was either way too expensive or just not all that satisfying.
Luckily, after playing around some more in the kitchen, I came up with this champion of a gluten free, oat-less, crunchy granola.
Cooking, baking and creating meals in the kitchen is one of the ways I like to express my creativity and it really helps to calm my mind. Happy mind = happier body = happier day = happier me. I guess to me it’s kind of like another form of meditation – but BETTER because I usually get rewarded by delicious tasting foods afterwards.
Granola is one of those things where you can really have a lot of fun with. So I really encourage you to give this recipe a go and also not to be afraid of mixing it up a bit as well – get creative! Fun and creativity, after all, is the best recipe to a happy mind and a happy mind leads to a happy body.
My favourite ways to eat granola is:
• On top of some nice-cream (banana ice cream)
• With coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup
• As cereal with some plant milk and bananas
Here are some things you need to know about Granola (and how to have fun with it)
- Choose your base(s):
- Quinoa flakes
- Rice flakes
- Activated/ raw buckwheat
- Rice puffs
- If you are fortunate enough that gluten agrees with your stomach then go ahead and use raw or rolled oats if you so wish – or certified gluten free oats if your stomach doesn’t and you are lucky enough to find them.
2. Add some crunch with nuts and seeds ( you just use a variety of seeds if nuts don’t agree with you)
3. Add some sweetness
- Dried fruits: dried apricots, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, etc etc. ( i could go on – this is where you can really experiment)
- Grated apple or grated lemon/orange rind
- Liquid sweetener of your choice (Maple syrup, agave, molasses, coconut nectar, apple sauce coconut sugar,etc.)
4. Add your coating
- Coconut oil
- Liquid sweetener
- Nut butter / sunflower seed butter
- For an oil free option you can exclude the oil and add a little extra of your liquid sweetener.
- Other additional options you can add for flavour:
- Spices: all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg
- Essential oils: lemon, lime, orange, peppermint (mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with come dark chocolate in there would be delish!)
- PB2 Powder – this adds an amazing nutty flavour to the granola – it is honestly the best ingredient in my opinion – it’s an absolute game changer. You can buy it online here: https://au.iherb.com/pr/Bell-Plantation-PB2-Powdered-Peanut-Butter-6-5-oz-184-g/38245
My vegan granola recipe:
Makes two large mason jars full (and makes for full happy tummies too!)
1 cup quinoa flakes
2 1/2 cups rice puffs
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup golden flaxmeal (+ 1 TBSP for the flax egg)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup seeds of your choice – I used a sunflower, pepita and pine nut mix.
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit of your choice)
1/4 cup PB2 powder – THIS!!! is an absolute game changer and MUST in your granola ( You can buy it from most health supermarkets or on iHerb – check the notes for the link).
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup grated apple
1 tsp cinnamon (add to dry ingredients mix)
- Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan forced).
- Mix together your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon and mix.
- Grate your apple and squeeze out the juices of the apple. Do this a couple times to make sure the apple is as dry as possible. Add to dry mix.
- Add your wet ingredients to a pot on medium heat and whisk together to get rid of any clumps in the coconut oil (chunky bits of peanut butter are accepted and recommended).
- Let mixture of wet ingredients cool slightly before adding to dry ingredients.
- To make the flax egg mix together 1 TBSP of golden flaxmeal and 3 TBSP of water. Let sit for approximately 3 minutes so that it thickens slightly.
- Mix together ingredients to allow for everything to be coated evenly. Be careful not to over stir it or the ingredients wont clump together to form clusters!
- Once the ingredients are all coated, evenly spread the mixture on a baking tray ( I used two) lined with baking paper.
- Place tray(s) in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until crunchy and a dark golden colour.
- Once golden and crunchy, take out the trays and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
- Now (only now!) break apart granola. This will help to form large clusters and keep them from falling apart.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you do try the recipe let me know by commenting down below or sharing your creation with me by tagging me in your instagram shares 🙂 I would love to see your creations.
Want more? Check out my previous post here.