Granola recipe is another recipe that I have wanted to try forever and I finally did it yesterday. Over the years I have bookmarked a lot of granola recipes but haven't tried one because I would be missing one ingredient or the other. I borrowed Sweet Vegan by Emily Mainquist from the library and saw this vegan granola recipe. Luckily I had all the ingredients at home and decided to give it a shot.
I did quite a bit of ingredient substitution keeping the measurements same as in the original recipe. Three years ago my friend Dee had sent me her homemade granola which was so good. She had used hazelnuts in her recipe, so I too wanted to use it instead of the almonds mentioned in the original recipe. That switch definitely worked out great. I'm positive that this vegan granola recipe will become a huge hit with your family and friends.
Vegan Granola Recipe
- 4 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 and 1/2 cups roughly chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup raisins
- oats = spelt/quinoa flakes
- hazelnuts = almonds or a combination of nuts and seeds
- coconut oil = any neutral flavor oil
- maple syrup = agave/honey
- cranberries/raisins = any other dried fruit
- Preheat the oven to 300F/150C for 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, hazelnuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
- Heat the oil and maple syrup in the microwave oven for 20 seconds.
- Pour it over the oat mixture. Add the vanilla extract and stir until all the ingredients are combined well.
- Spread the granola onto a 9x13-inch baking pan. (See My Notes)
- Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Place the pan on a wire rack, stir in the dried fruits, and push the granola to one side of the pan while cooling. This ensures that the granola will cool in large clusters. Keeps well for a month if stored in an airtight container.
- Emily is 100% right that this vegan granola recipe is the best you will ever taste. The taste and texture is just perfect. My favorite part is the nicely toasted and crunchy hazelnuts. I'm actually picking the hazelnuts whenever I go past the jar. I would probably decrease the quantity of brown sugar a wee bit because I find the granola quite sweet.
- I have an extra-large cookie sheet which I used to make this granola. I did try it in a 9x13 inch pan at first and saw that it was too crowded so transferred it to the large sheet. This cookie sheet was so big that I was able to spread the entire granola mixture without it clumping together. It later occurred to me that this could be the reason that my granola didn't form any clusters at all.