Vegan Home-made Granola

homemade granola
homemade granola

Vegan Home-Made Granola

It doesn’t get more natural than making your own vegan home-made granola. However, this might be another one of those phenomenons in that we aren’t really aware just how simple making and storing your very own granola is…but that’s the conclusion here.

Muesli as we know was made popular by Max Bicher, a Swiss doctor in the 19th Century, proving it was a whole-food complete, thus comparable to mother’s milk. Then came granola, which would be the ‘toasted’ version of muesli. Made popular in the 60’s, by none other than the hippy’s. It was a freaky food, and very few main-stream American’s reached for it. But something happened in the 1990’s. The American cereal companies realized this was a hot-ticket item, and they began making their version of it. It was of course, packed with sugars, fats, and even hydrogenated oils and GMO corn syrup. To top it off, it was quite expensive for this bag of crap.

It’s time to take granola back from the cereal companies, and get into the habit of making your own delicious rendition of this morning cereal or anytime snack. You can make your granola a super food power house by loading it with flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs and on and on.

my ready-to eat version with added nuts, seeds and cinnamon
my ready-to eat version with added nuts, seeds and cinnamon

The power-meal

Maybe the more appropriate name for this lovely breakfast item is “Power Meal”, or “Super Granola”. But let’s stick to the more important point here…tossing the bag and not giving into convenience, the root of all evil. The point here is to encourage you all to realize the simplicity of making your own power, vegan, organic granola. For a 12 oz. bag of organic power granola, it will cost you about $8 or more. For a pound of this stuff, home-made, pure freshness will cost you the same. That’s the point here. Make a large amount, and store it. When properly dried out, and stored, the granola will last until it’s finished.

colorful options for your vegan granola, just get creative!
colorful options for your vegan granola, just get creative!

Exercising your free choice

Make your granola the way you want to make it. This recipe I’m using here was adapted from Dr. Bronner’s website. Pack your granola as tight as you desire. Use organic cacao nibs, hemp seed, and raw organic coconut oil. Don’t know much about cacao nibs? Let me enlighten you. These dark beauties are listed as a power food, as they are the most natural, purest form of the cacao bean, that packs a punch of health benefits. It’s been also noted that these nibs are great in improving cardio vascular health, delivering high levels of anti oxidants, high in fiber, rich in potassium and magnesium-why wouldn’t you want this??

Vegan Home-Made Granola

Granola is a wonderful energy rich breakfast item that you can make entirely on your own. Add your favorites, or keep it simple. It's a snack the entire group will love!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Swiss
Keyword Homemade, Oats, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 Batch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled organic oats
  • 2 cups organic coconut ships or shavings
  • 2 cups nuts cashews, almonds, or whichever you love
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or sunflower oil, but be sure its organic!
  • 1/4 cup agave or sugar
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs great energy source, and a super food!
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt highest in nutrition
  • 1 pinch cinnamon for flavor and health

Instructions

  • mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and ensure all the oats have been coated and well mixed
    colorful options for your vegan granola, just get creative!
  • put entire content onto a paper-lined baking dish and bake @ 180 degrees until golden. mix as often as you need during the baking process. It usually takes 15-20 min.
    Mixed raw granola ready to bake
  • store in air-tight container, it will last until it's gone!
    Granola stored

Notes

this is just a base recipe to get your creative juices flowing.  Add whatever you have on hand to make this your own version of granola.  Remember, after the bake, let it cool completely and judge for yourself that it’s all dried out and gently toasted, which makes it perfect to store. 
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