Whole Grain Granola

I’ve been on a granola kick this winter — stirring it into pancake and quick bread batters, sprinkling it on fruit, or swiping up handfuls as a crunchy, filling snack. Though buying granola at the store is certainly convenient, I find great pleasure in making my own and knowing it is free of additives, preservatives, or artificial flavorings. This is a basic vegan granola recipe that boasts whole grain goodness, dried fruits, nuts, and maple syrup.
I’ve been on a granola kick this winter — stirring it into pancake and quick bread batters, sprinkling it on fruit, or swiping up handfuls as a crunchy, filling snack. Though buying granola at the store is certainly convenient, I find great pleasure in making my own and knowing it is free of additives, preservatives, or artificial flavorings. This is a basic vegan granola recipe that boasts whole grain goodness, dried fruits, nuts, and maple syrup.

Whole Grain Granola

Makes 5-1/2 cups

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
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  • 1 cup rye flakes
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  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
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  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
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  • 1 teaspoon salt
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  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
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  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
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  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
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  • 2 tablespoons black strap molasses
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  • 1 cup raw nuts or seeds of your choice
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  • 1 cup dried blueberries, cherries, or other dried fruit

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and grease a large rimmed baking sheet.
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  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, rye, quinoa, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and brown sugar.
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  5. In a small bowl, stir together oil, syrup, and molasses. Pour over dry ingredients and stir to coat.
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  7. Spread granola onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
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  9. Add nuts, stirring to combine, and bake another 10 minutes or until granola begins to lightly brown.
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  11. Stir in dried fruit and let granola cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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