Making your own vegan granola recipe at home is easier than you think! Even better, you control how much or how little of each ingredient you add, making it just how you like it according to your taste buds.
Updated: This post was originally published in February 2022 and has been updated with new photos and additional content.
Once you make your own crunchy granola recipe vegan, you’ll never want to get store-bought granola again. It’s that easy to make!
If you’re like me, you find packaged granola too sweet, or it doesn’t have enough nuts or dried fruit. Now you can make it just the way you like it!
💚 Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Versatile recipe! Add more nuts, sweetener, or other flavors to make a crunchy granola you will love!
- Easy to make! All you have to do is mix it up and bake it in the oven.
- So many ways to use granola to add crunch and flavor!
Here is a snapshot of the main ingredients to make homemade granola.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats: The perfect oat for making homemade granola. Make sure for gluten-free granola that you use oats marked gluten-free.
- Flour: Helps the granola form clusters. You can use all-purpose or gluten-free flour.
- Nuts: The recipe calls for a combination of pecans and almonds, but you can use any nut or combination of nuts you prefer.
- Salt: Essential to making homemade granola taste great!
- Cinnamon and vanilla: Adds warming, a bit of spice, and natural sweetness to the granola.
- Coconut oil: A healthy oil that works great for crunchy granola.
- Maple syrup: To sweeten vegan granola with nuts.
There are lots of different ways you can change up your granola to make it how you love it! Here are some ideas for inspiration.
- Dried Fruit: Add cranberries or another type of dried fruit when you stir the granola at the halfway point. Don't cook it for the entire time, as it will burn.
- Coconut: Sprinkle some unsweetened shredded coconut over the top of the granola when you remove it from the oven. Lightly press it down into the hot granola with the back of a spoon.
- Chips: Add carob chips or dark chocolate chips to the granola once it's cooled.
- Nut-free granola: Swap the nuts for chia, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds instead!
✅ How To Make Crunchy Granola Vegan
You will have a healthy breakfast or snack treat with just a few simple ingredients and baking in less than an hour! Prep takes only 5 minutes, so let's see how to do it!
- Measure out the oats, flour, nuts, salt, and cinnamon.
- Combine them all together in a large bowl.
- Measure out the oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.
- Mix them together with a whisk in a glass measuring cup.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and stir until fully combined.
- Spread the granola out evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake the granola for 40 minutes stirring the mixture halfway through the cooking time.
- Remove from the oven and let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet without stirring it.
- Break the cooled granola into chunks and place it in a jar or covered container for storage.
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❄️ How to Store Granola
It's best to make granola in big batches, and it will last beyond a week! Here are my tips for storing it.
Use recycled or small Mason jars to store them. Glass containers with airtight locking lids also keep them fresh.
When stored properly, homemade granola will last up to two weeks at room temperature or in the freezer for up to three months.
🍽️ How to Serve Granola
Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy vegan granola.
- This crunchy vegan granola is especially delicious when added to this Winter Citrus Yogurt Bowl or any yogurt parfait!
- Swap the nuts in this Lemon Chia Pudding for this granola.
- Serve it in a bowl with plant milk for a healthy breakfast cereal.
- Pack it in a lunch box or snack bag as a snack for kids or adults.
- Add to a bowl of ice cream as a crunchy topping.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
- Allow the granola to cool undisturbed on the tray so the granola forms clusters.
- Make sure your oven is set at 300° F. It's important for granola to cook low and slow to prevent burning.
- Keep a close eye on the granola as it cooks so it doesn't burn, especially during the second half.
- Store the granola in an airtight container to prevent it from going stale.
If granola is made with oats, it isn't gluten-free unless made with gluten-free oats. To make at home, it's easy to make this switch but be careful if buying it in the store and check it's marked free of this allergen.
Yes and no. It can be healthier depending on how it's made. This recipe uses minimal oil and sugar to create a healthier version of granola.
🌎 Sustainability Suggestions
Homemade granola is a fantastic option if you're looking to live more sustainably. Making your granola from scratch means you have full control over the ingredients! This means you can use locally-sourced, organic, or package-free ingredients.
Another win is that you can make it in bulk and store it in reusable containers, reducing waste and saving money in the long run.
So, not only is homemade vegan granola a delicious and healthy snack, but it's also an eco-friendly choice that helps reduce your carbon footprint.
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Crunchy Vegan Granola Recipe
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
- ¾ cup pecans roughly chopped
- ¾ cup almonds roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup coconut oil melted
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk wet ingredients in a measuring cup.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through in 20 minutes. Spread into a thin layer again and bake another 20 minutes.
- Let it cool completely on the baking sheet without stirring anymore. Place chunks in a jar or covered container for storage.