Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola

Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola

This Plant-Based Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola recipe is easy, crunchy, healthy, gluten, and oil-free! These are also very customizable! Enjoy these delicious, nutty clusters for an easy breakfast or snack.

Ah, Granola. The perfect breakfast, snack, dessert, and even kid-friendly. Granola is one of those foods that is good for just about anything. Have it for breakfast, on top of oatmeal, salads even Nice Cream. You can mix it in with so many things. And you will love how easy it is to make. With just 12 healthy plant-based ingredients, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.

This Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola is loaded with fiber from the oats and omega-3 from the walnuts. Berries are also healthy, low in calories, and extremely nutritious. In addition to being high in antioxidants, berries also contain several vitamins and minerals. Berries, especially strawberries, are high in vitamin C. In fact, 1 cup (150 grams) of strawberries provides a whopping 150% of the RDI for vitamin C (20).

Blueberries can help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health. One cup of blueberries provides 24% of a person’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola
Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola

I was really never a fan of granola because it just lacked flavor and ended up spending tons of $$$ trying all different types and brands, not to mention they always had oil added to it. Eventually, I found one that had dark chocolate in it but sadly it was discontinued. So I decided to make my own granola. Once you make your own, especially one that you can customize like this one, you’ll never go back to store-bought. The wonderful aroma in your home is just amazing.

I always make sure I use soft (fresh) dried fruit. If you use fruit that is older and drier, it will not come out as good and the fruit can become hard. This recipe is so versatile that you can add dried apples, bananas, apricots, mango, peaches, the list is endless. I also like to add some vegan dark chocolate chips to it (I love my dark chocolate)! You can even add pistachios, brazil nuts, any nut you want.

My first couple attempts were ok – not bad but to me not the best. When you experiment, you definitely learn a thing or two about making nice, flavorful, crunchy, and perfectly sweet (not too sweet or tart) granola. Fur sure I nailed this one.

Start by preheating your oven to 300° F. Make sure you cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper to help prevent burning. Then in a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, almonds, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, and coconut. Add the cinnamon to taste and just a little salt and combine again.

Then in a high-powered blender, combine the pitted dates, almond butter, water, and vanilla, blending until it is very smooth. You will then add the date mixture to the bowl with the oats and fruit. Make sure you have clean hands to fold everything in to mix it all together. Make sure there are no “dry” pieces. Once you have combined all of the two mixtures, spread the granola mixture directly onto the baking sheet, spreading it out and pressing down so it is flat.

Bake for 30 minutes at 300° F. When done, remove and carefully start breaking it apart so that it all crumbles. Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until it becomes a nice golden brown. Remove and let cool. At this point, the granola will still feel somewhat soft. By letting it completely cool on a cooling rack, it will crisp up as it cools down. After 2 hours, take a big handful of vegan dark chocolate chips and toss with granola. I let this cool for several hours, breaking up any other clumps that I may have missed. When it has finished cooling down, store in an airtight container for up to 1 1/2 weeks! Enjoy 🙂

Almond, Berries & Vanilla Granola

Almonds, Berries & Vanilla Granola

Yield: 7 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This delightful, crunchy and very healthy granola is oil and gluten-free! Loaded with fiber from the oats and omega-3 from the walnuts, in addition to antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This is so good for breakfast or even a snack. Kids will really like this!

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 Cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup slivered almonds + 2 Tbsp.
  • 1/4 Cup dried cherries (either Balaton or Montmorency)
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 Cup almond butter
  • 1 Cup pitted dated
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 3 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegan dark chocolate chips (use after the granola is baked)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, almonds, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, and coconut. Once mixed, add the cinnamon and salt and set aside. Taste this first to be sure you have enough cinnamon.
  3. Combine the pitted dates, almond butter, water, and vanilla in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the date mixture into the bowl with the oats and berries and using clean hands, fold in to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  5. Spread the granola mixture directly onto the baking sheet, making sure it is spread evenly all over and pressing down so it is flat.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and carefully start breaking it all apart so that is crumbles with no really large pieces. Return back to the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until it is golden brown.
  7. At this point, the granola will still feel soft when it is removed but it will crisp up as it cools down. You want to allow this to completely cool on a cooling rack. When mostly cooled, add a good handful of vegan dark chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into an airtight container.

Notes

This stores in an airtight container for 1 1/2 weeks.

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Michele Wallace

Entrepreneur and author of A Plant-Based Revolution.com. Michele has also earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell University. The book is an easy and complete guide for those wanting to get healthy and offers step-by-step instructions, including over 85 delicious and healthy recipes.
A Plant-Based Revolution is dedicated to whole food plant-based nutrition.

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