Mix yourself up some delicious vegan granola in just 5 minutes and then enjoy it as a breakfast cereal, sprinkled on top of a vegan smoothie bowl, or mixed with fresh fruit.Jump to Recipe
Making your own homemade vegan granola is a great way to create the exact combination and texture that you love.
When you have full control of the ingredients, you can mix together a healthy, delicious and personalized treat that’s perfect for breakfast, on top of a vegan smoothie or yogurt parfait, or even mixed with some fresh fruit.
This recipe includes my favorite combination and method. But there are lots of ways that you can customize, which you’ll find below.
Have fun and make yourself something delicious that the whole family will love!
How to make vegan granola
This recipe comes together very quickly. Get your granola in the oven in less than 5 minutes!
The basic method involves tossing some delicious ingredients in a bowl, stirring together with a sweetener (that doubles as a binder), and then baking a low heat for about an hour.
It really can’t get much easier. Once you get the method down, you’ll likely find yourself whipping up a fresh batch every week so that you always have it on hand.
An added bonus is that, if you buy your preferred granola ingredients in bulk, you can save a ton over the cost of store-bought, packaged granola.
This recipe for vegan granola acts as a core base for all kinds of mix-ins. The stars of the show for the base are: oats, almonds, flax seeds and quinoa (baked raw quinoa puffs a bit and develops a nice crunch. I love it!).
In a large bowl, toss together 2 cups of rolled oats with 1 cup of raw almonds (we like a hearty granola so I just cut the almonds in half), 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa and 1/4 cup flax seeds.
Then, stir together 3/4 cup pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or olive oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Pour the maple sugar mixture on top of the oat mixture and stir to combine well.
Next, pour your granola mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread to make sure that it is in an even layer.
Bake at home 275 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how golden and crisp you like your granola. Watch carefully to prevent burning but do not stir while baking so that you do not break up the clumps.
After you remove the vegan granola from the oven, let it cool for at least an hour before you transfer it to a dish for storage. I like to store our granola in a glass storage container with a plastic lid. Plastic storage containers also work.
How to customize this recipe
The options for making this recipe your own are nearly limitless!
Let’s start with some of the mix-ins that you can add.
Add before baking:
- Wheat germ
- A dash of nutmeg and/or allspice
Add after baking your vegan granola:
- Dried cranberries
- Diced dried apricots
- Crushed banana chips
- Coconut shreds
- Dried pineapple
- Dried mango
- Dried papaya
- Dried apple
- Miniature cacao nibs
Some other ways to change this recipe up include:
- Add 2 tablespoons nut butter with the maple syrup
- Use maple extract instead of vanilla for a stronger maple flavor
- Use agave syrup in place of the maple syrup
If you want to expand your cereal options, there are a ton of store-bought options available for you! Check out this list of vegan cereal options.
This granola makes a perfect bowl of cereal when served with your favorite vegan milk, whether sweetened or unsweetened.
It’s also delicious over vegan yogurt, as part of a vegan parfait or on top of a vegan smoothie bowl.
Another great idea is to spread some nut butter on some apple slices or a banana, split lengthwise, and then sprinkle some of your homemade vegan granola on top for a great crunch and added taste.
This recipe works very well without the two tablespoons of oil. You can just use the syrup or replace the oil with an equal amount of applesauce.
I have made this granola with just a couple tablespoons of melted coconut oil or olive oil and the vanilla extract and cinnamon. The result will be a little less granola and more similar to muesli in texture.
If stored properly in an air-tight container, the granola will stay good for up to two weeks. You can extend its shelf life by storing it in the refrigerator, if you’d like.
Homemade Vegan Granola Recipe
- 2 cups Rolled oats
- 1 cup Raw almond (cut in half or chopped)
- 1/2 cup Raw quinoa
- 1/4 cup Raw flax seeds
- 1/2 cup Maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil (melted) or olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Combine oats, almonds, quinoa and flax seeds in a large bowl.
- Stir together maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Pour the maple syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine well.
- Spread the granola in an even layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in a preheated 275 degree F oven for 45 – 60 minutes.
- Cool completely before using and/or storing.
- Make sure to watch the granola carefully while it bakes so that it does not burn. However, avoid stirring or shaking the pan while it bakes so that you do not break up the clumps.
- Add your favorite dried fruits after baking the granola.
- Serve with your favorite vegan milk or use to top a vegan parfait or smoothie bowl.
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