At my previous job, I always used to make overnight oats and then heat them up at work in the morning. My new work doesn’t have a hob or a microwave so I’ve been having cold overnight oats (still tasty but just not the same as a comforting bowl of hot oats!) made with either oats and milk/water or yoghurt or an overnight chia seed oat mix.
To mix things up further, I thought I would make a batch a homemade granola. The ones in the shop are pretty expensive and often full of sugar and lots of oil. Since I have a variety of ingredients at home, I thought I would make my own! I can either have them with plant milk or with a plant based yoghurt!
(As long as you have an oat flake base, you can really experiment with your vegan granola! I’m just listing what I used as this was what I had in my kitchen cupboards at the time!)
- 210g oats
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chopped hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Dried banana (cut into small pieces)
- Dates (cut into small pieces)
- Coconut flakes
- Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and add a tablespoon of maple syrup and work through the dry mix
- Place and spread out ingredients on a baking tray with baking paper or a reusable baking sheet
- Bake for 10-15 mins
And there you have, a healthy, easy and delicious homemade granola. This recipe should make about 5 days worth of granola (if you’re bulking it up with yoghurt and fruit anyway). Store in an air-tight jar or container to keep it fresh and crunchy!