Granola (Vegan Friendly Recipe)

Have you ever spent your heard earned cash on granola? Sigh. Do you have in your mind that it must be difficult to make on your own? Or that perhaps it may be time consuming? Think again!

Granola remains one of the easiest snacks/ desserts/ toppings/ breakfast recipes to whip up. Also, there are so many different ways you can make it to suit your palate….mix away, create your own granola combination! C’mon, release that inner chef (well, sort of, this dish isn’t really complicated enough to require chef expertise).

My kids usually enjoy granola with yogurt or on it’s own (trying to fight one another for the biggest clusters). It’s easy to take with us on a day out so I won’t have to dip into my pockets to buy a snack (quite possibly the SAME snack) for them when they want a break from having fun. Or as soon as they step out the door…or on the train…or the bus…or…you get the point. Kids always want something to eat don’t they? lol.

  • Prep time: 10mins
  • Total time: 30mins
  • Category: dessert/ breakfast/ snack/ toppings and additions
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  • Ingredients:
  • 3cups rolled oats
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 2tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of honey (sub 3/4 cup maple syrup for vegan recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shaved/flaked coconut
  • 2tbsp oil
  • Optional:
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup of seeds and nuts (pumpkin seeds. sunflower seeds, peanuts, any combo works)
  • 1/4cup Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4cup popped quinoa
  • Tips:
  • Don’t wait for the granola to get crunchy in the oven. It does that all on its own once it cools down. Cook until it is the colour that you want.
  • Instructions:
  • In a large bowl, mix together oats, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using cacao powder).
  • In another small jug, mix together honey/maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Pour 3/4 wet ingredients into dry ingredient mix and stir until combined.
  • Pour oil into jug with remainder of wet ingredients.
  • Pour contents of jug into the granola mix and gently fold to create “clumps”
  • Feel free to add more liquid ingredients (honey/maple syrup) to create more clumps.
  • Fold in the nuts/seeds and popped quinoa into the granola mix.
  • Gently tip the granola mix onto a well greased/lined baking sheet.
Strawberry purée, strawberries and granola

 

In a preheated oven (180C), place the baking sheet for 10mins.
Gently fold granola to reposition, trying not to break apart the clusters.
Place in oven for an additional 10mins, checking often to be sure that granola is not being overdone.
Around two minutes before you remove the granola from the oven, sprinkle the flaked coconut and return to oven to toast.
Once the granola is “browned” enough for you…or once the 20mins cook time is up, remove from oven and leave to cool.
At this point, do not stir.
Sprinkle raisins/sultanas on warm granola to let soften.
Once cooled…enjoy!

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Popped Quinoa

Popped Quinoa can be a great addition to so many dishes. The crunch it adds can take your desserts, salads, rice and many other dishes to another level.

Quinoa is essentially a protein which is a wholesome part of balanced diet. It contains all 9 essential amino acids. Who knew these little balls could mean so much to your body!

I add popped quinoa to my raw cacao date balls, granola, raw cacao date bars, smoked salmon salad, a topping to my chia pudding, honey roasted nuts, yogurt, breakfast cereal, porridge,

Tips:

  • Always use medium to slightly lower heat.
  • If using a pan, place enough quinoa to cover the base of the pan, no more.
  • The popping process happens quickly.
  • When the popping slows, that means it is finished.
  • Try to buy pre-washed quinoa (I’ve used unwashed quinoa before, but it has a somewhat different taste. If you buy quinoa, then wash it, it takes a couple hours to dry and pop in the oven on low heat.)
  • Keep the pan moving. You can use a wok or a deep pan with a lid. Whichever you choose, be sure to keep shaking it about to prevent overheating and burning.
  • Prep time: 1min
  • Total time: 5mins
  • yield: 5tbsp
  • category: toppings and additions
  • Ingredients:
  • 5tbsp quinoa
  • (Optional): 1tsp oil
  • Instructions:
  • Place the pan/wok onto the stove on medium heat.
  • When hot, pour desired amount of quinoa into pan/wok.
  • If using a pan, place the lid on to cover quinoa.
  • When the popping begins, keep moving the pan side to side so that the quinoa rolls around inside.
  • Open frequently to make sure pan is not smoking.
  • If the pan begins to generate smoke, lift away from heat and keep shaking quinoa around until pan cools.
  • When popping slows, remove from heat altogether.