Easy Oil-Free Granola

Yogurt and I have a long and sordid history where I love it but it doesn’t agree with me. Back when I used to eat dairy and ignore the fact that I was most definitely lactose intolerant, yogurt was the one dairy product that could make me be physically sick within a half hour of eating it.

Since converting to a mostly plant-based diet, with zero animal products, I have been looking for a good yogurt substitute and I found one! Since exploring my relationship with this old flame of mine, I’ve discovered that I also have an undying love for granola.

I love the crunch, the sweetness, the little bites of nutty goodness. What I do not love about granola is the price tag. Ten dollars or more for a bag of decent granola – that’s, quite frankly, crazy! So, I set on a mission to create my own. My only rule was that I wanted it to be oil free, as I’m trying to limit the amount of oil that I eat.

Now, here you are, ready to reap the rewards of my hardwork. No fear! This recipe is as easy as it is simple and just as tasty too.

Just one special note before I get into the ingredients and actual recipe. I have made this granola two ways and really, which ever way you make it is up to you.

You can either mix in the nuts and dried fruit before you bake or after, but beware, when I have mixed them in before hand, the raisins tend to get crispy, overly crunchy and sometimes burned. I have taken to mixing it in afterwards but you can do it either way.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of rolled oats

1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup of nuts and dried fruit of your choice (I chose raisins, pumpkin seeds and sliced almonds)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

3/4 cup of water

1 tsp of vanilla

Directions

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1) Mix oats, coconut and cinnamon together. If you want to bake your nuts and dried fruits, add it now. Combine well.

2) Place maple syrup, water and vanilla in a sauce pan and heat just until it is warm.

3) Mix liquid mixture with oats mixture.

4) Spread mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400 degrees for the minutes. Take out and break up clumps before placing back in the oven. Bake at 300 degrees for an hour or until it reaches your desired crunchiness (it’s a technical term). Take out every ten minutes or so and shake/stir up.

5) If you did not mix in your nuts and dried fruit at the beginning, then mix in once your oats mixture is done baking.

6) Throw into your yogurt and enjoy!

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