Vanilla Maple Granola Clusters

 ★ NO Stir Easy Baking Method ★ Plant Protein

A simple cupboard staple granola recipe with quinoa which adds both crunch and plant-based protein to your cereal.  This might be my favourite granola recipe yet – it is simple and delicious. It makes the house smell amazing while cooking, I use the sandwiched sheet pan technique that makes for hands-off NO stirring during baking and creates golden crunchy clusters of granola.  I find myself eating this on its own with my coffee – a sweet, healthy morning treat!

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook Time 50mins
  • Difficulty Low
  • Servingmakes 5 cups
  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.

  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Low GI Blood Sugar

    Recipes have blood sugar balancing and low glycemic index ingredients. A diet rich in foods that balance blood sugar helps lower risks of type 2 diabetes.

  • Gluten-free

    Recipes are gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye products. People with autoimmune Celiac disease are allergic to gluten.

Ingredients

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WET

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil - melted
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt

DRY

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw nuts - chopped - optional

Method

Vanilla Maple Protein-rich Granola

 

PREHEAT oven 300F   2 sheet pans + 2 pieces parchment paper to line

 

WHISK WET ingredients in a large bowl 

 

ADD DRY ingredients to wet and stir really well to ensure all the grains are well coated.

 

SPREAD mixture evenly on 1 lined sheet pan. Place parchment paper on top of granola + other sheet pan creating a sandwich.

 

BAKE 20mins.  TURN.  Bake 20mins.  REMOVE top sheet pan + parchment paper.  BAKE 10mins.

 

REMOVE from oven and cool completely in the sheet pan.

 

SERVE with milk or yoghurt of your choice, homemade plant milk, kefir, apple sauce, apple berry compote

 

STORE in glass jar or container with a lid.

Tips + Suggestions

COCONUT OIL – you can melt coconut oil in a stainless bowl in the preheating oven, the bowl will get hot!

 

NUTS roughly chop raw whole almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts.

 

ADDITIONS once cooked add chia seeds, shredded coconut, dried fruits, cacao nibs, freeze-dried fruit.