Holy crap. I can’t believe I waited so long to make my own granola. I may never buy granola again. I freaking LOVE this recipe!!! Not only because it tastes amazing, but also because it’s VERY EASY and QUICK to make. It’s vegan and it’s also allergy-friendly (free of gluten, soy, dairy, nuts and eggs). I’m not the only one who loves it – Hubs does, too!
I found this recipe on fitsugar.com. So glad I came across it because this will be a new staple at our house.
YIELDS 4 CUPS
2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
¼ cup flax seed meal or chia seed meal
½ tsp. salt
½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup natural sunflower seed butter, such as SunButter* (or other nut butter)
1 tsp. vanilla
OPTIONAL: ½ cup raisins or other dried fruit
You’ll likely have to go to a health food store to find the sunflower seed butter (unless you live near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s). Our local health food store has an organic brand called Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter, which is pricey, but VERY good.
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with non-stick spray or oil.
In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, flax/chia meal, salt, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds) and mix well.
Add maple syrup and SunButter to a microwave-safe bowl (I used a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout). No need to mix before you put it in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds. Add vanilla to mixture and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Pour the maple/SunButter mixture over the oats and stir to combine.
Spread the granola onto the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden in color, stirring halfway through cooking time. If adding dried fruit, be sure to add it after the granola has cooled.
My favorite milk to have with granola is original, unsweetened coconut milk.
If you’ve never made homemade granola, this is a great recipe to start with. Customize it anyway you like; other add-in options include nuts (sliced almonds, chopped pecans, etc), various dried fruits, vegan chocolate chips, various spices (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, etc).