This recipe for maple sesame vegan granola came about because we have a great love in our house for cold cereal. A bowl of cereal has been the go-to after school, before bed too tired, or too hot, to make supper meal here for as long as I can remember. When my kids were little, we would go through boxes of cold cereal and while we tried to make good quality choices, there was no getting away from the fact that they are highly processed and over priced.
Lets Make Granola Simple!
When I searched for a good granola recipe, most had too many ingredients and too many steps for where I was in my life. I created this simple recipe because it uses only 2 bowls and 2 cookie sheets. I can make it in five minutes and let it cook on its own. No constant stirring and babysitting this granola! After an hour in the oven, it comes out, cools (it is good warm from the pan if you cannot wait) and is ready to eat. For people who don’t want any fat, I’m sorry. This is granola (vegan granola, but still…). Some have tons of fat and sugar. I use sunflower oil and maple syrup and believe it is sweet enough and not too heavy.
It all starts with a big bowl of oats
Vegan Granola For Anytime
This vegan granola also makes a great on-the-go snack. There are so many situations when you just need a little something and you find yourself struggling for some vegan snack. I have stood in front of a vending machine and realized that the only things available that were vegan were Oreo cookies and Fritos. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t tempted, but I know that those things never make you feel good even if the tastes bring you back to the school lunches we ate as kids.
Take It On The Go
A small container of granola in your car, purse or backpack can be a lifesaver. If you are hiking or working out, it is easy to increase the nutrient and calorie density by throwing in nuts (before or after baking) and/or dried fruits. One of my favorite combinations is cut up dried apricots and roasted almonds. Raisins and dried cranberries also make great additions.
Having a nice big bowl and a good, solid, mixing tool makes the work easier
The recipe makes enough to easily cover two cookie sheets
Even though the basic granola recipe makes about 16 cups, the biggest problem I have with this granola is keeping up with the demand. If you have other people in your household, you might consider hiding a little bit somewhere. But, hey, if its just you and you want the whole 16 cups to yourself, there’s no judgement from us! lol
Options To Consider
It nicely converts to a gluten-free recipe if you substitute gluten-free flours like rice flour, oat flour or prepared all purpose gluten-free flour. I have used combinations of all of these based on what is on hand. A little buckwheat flour is nice mixed in as well.
This simple vegan granola has been a favorite in our household for a long time. Whether its just you, or you have a house full of active, busy people, we think it will be a winner for you, too!
Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).