Granola can be a sugar laden expense if you buy it ready made but its so easy to make and lovely to have on hand to sprinkle on yoghurts, fruits, layer in fancy sounding (but very simple) parfaits and take your breakfast to new levels. Add it to smoothie bowls, put it on your porridge, spoon it straight out of the jar and try not to just dip your fingers in the jar when you’re passing by and cram a handful in your mouth or do! This oil free coconut vegan granola is as healthy as it gets!
Essential fats and protein in the nuts are a good source of energy to keep you going for longer, oats for more slow release energy, iron, fibre and protein, cinnamon which should be a superfood for all its wonderful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health promoting qualities, pumpkin seeds and dates packed with nutrients and fibre and coconut because it tastes good!
I’m a great fan of getting as many nutrients in at breakfast as possible since most of us are so busy these days breakfast might be all we manage until dinner time so get sprinkling the granola or just have a little stash to go and snack on it through the day with some lovely fruit.
Are you ready to make delicious healthy Coconut Vegan Granola?
Coconutty Go Go Granola
- 50 ml maple, date or brown rice syrup I used half and half date and rice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 125 g rolled oats
- 2 heaped tsp cinnamon
- 20 g walnuts chopped
- 50 g whole almonds
- 20 g pumpkin seeds
- 50 g flaked almonds
- 25 g desiccated coconut
- 45 g dates chopped
Preheat the oven to 150 C.
Whisk the syrup and vanilla together and set aside.
Place the oats on a baking tray, sprinkle over the cinnamon and give it a good stir then toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
Add the whole almonds, pumpkin seeds and half the desiccated coconut to the oats and stir well.
Pour the syrup over the oats mixture and and stir in to coat the granola mixture completely then bake for a further 15 minutes.
Add the flaked almonds and bake for a final 5-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and stir in the remaining coconut and chopped dates. Leave to cool down completely before transferring to an airtight container.
It should be good for a couple of weeks if it lasts that long!