Vegans are often looking for ways to increase their protein intake through good food. This energy-boosting granola recipe is specifically designed for that. It’s so easy to make that once you make it you will not go back to the ready made cereals loaded with sugar. By making your own you control what goes in it. I have used maple syrup but agave and coconut nectar work really well as well. Check the quantity to suit your taste. Coconut oil gives it a lovely flavour but vegetable oil works fine too. I make a big batch every weekend which gives me the peace of mind that the family is eating healthy, not to mention the cost savings for such a healthy breakfast.
- 60g extra virgin coconut oil
- cup (80ml) maple syrup
- 500g rolled oatsPost
- ½ cup (70g) whole almonds
- ¾ cup (60g) shredded or desiccated coconut
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup (100g) pumpkin seed kernels (pepitas)
- ½ cup (100g) sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla paste or essence
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- Vegan milk or yoghurt, to serve
- Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F).
- Place the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the oil is melted. If the oil is liquid at room temperature then no need to heat, simply mix these ingredients.
- Place the oats, almonds, pepitas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut in a large bowl.
- Pour over the coconut oil mixture and toss well to combine.
- Spread evenly over the base of a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
- Stir and bake for a further 5−10 minutes or until crisp and golden.
- Stir through the apricots and raisins and allow to cool.
- Serve with vegan milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit.