|Easy Homemade Nutty Vegan Granola|
Hello! I hope your week has been going well and you are still keeping your head above water with all the added chores and stress that inevitably comes with the festive season.
I had a nightmare about writing Christmas cards the other night. It was as if I just could not get the spelling right and had to waste many cards and just could not complete the stack that I had to write. Of course I woke up and realised that it was a dream but the reality remains that I still have a huge stack of cards to write and send.
Anyway, there was nothing inspiring for breakfast in the pantry so I decided to make this Nutty Granola. I have been experimenting with a whole lot of granola recipes this year and had my fair share of hits and misses. I remember a recipe I got from a world renown chef’s cookbook only to have it turn out tasting like a Chinese takeout with too much sesame seeds. My friend’s words, not mine.
At the end of the day I think the best is to work with a basic oats, oil and sweetener ratio and then go crazy with your add ins. I used an assortment of nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips and desiccated coconut in my take of nutty granola. The most important to remember is that it is so easy to make, easier than you would imagine and much better for you than processed boxed ones.
Recipe for Nutty Vegan Granola
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Baking Time: 25 minutes / Makes approximately 650gm
300gm Rolled Oats
120gm Assorted Unsalted Nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Brazils, Hazelnuts, Peanuts)
80gm Flaked Almonds
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
40gm Desiccated Coconut
20gm Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
3 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Cinnamon
1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, pour in the vegetable oil. Whisk in the honey, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Add in the rolled oats, nuts, flaked almonds and sesame seeds. Mix the ingredients evenly and pour the mixture onto the baking tray. Spread it out into a thin, flat layer.
3. Bake the mixture for 15 minutes, thereafter, add in the sultanas, currants, desiccated coconut and chocolate chips. Mix through evenly and return to bake for another additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool. The mixture will seem slightly soft when you first remove it from the oven however, it will be dry and crunchy once it has cooled. Once cooled, store in an air tight container.