This Basic Vegan Vanilla Granola is a delicious and healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert! Made with gluten free and refined sugar free ingredients, you’ll definitely want a batch on your kitchen counter at all times. Easy to bake in the oven or air fryer!
Close your wallet, stay out of the expensive cereal aisle, and stick to this homemade Basic Vanilla Granola instead! Made with a handful of healthy, gluten free, and refined sugar free ingredients, you can count on this easy vegan granola for tasty breakfasts, snacks, and dessert.
I always start with whole foods when I’m making granola from scratch. This means ditching granulated sugar or fake sweeteners and using oats, buckwheat, coconut, and almonds instead. In the end, you’ll end up with a crunchy, flavorful, nutritious, and filling treat (just like my Chocolate Buckwheat Granola).
The best part is this plain granola is completely customizable! Just think of the recipe like a blank canvas. Fill it with anything you like, such as nuts and seeds, chocolate, warm spices, and dried fruit! The options are endless.
Ingredients and substitutions
Nothing but the best in here! A basic granola recipe has simple, yet healthy ingredients so you know you can indulge in some at any time. The recipe is completely flexible, so go ahead and make any changes or add fun treats to the mix if you like.
This is what I love to use in my vegan granola:
- Rolled oats - Old fashioned rolled oats are best. Use certified gluten free oats if you need the granola to be gluten free.
- Nuts and seeds - My favorites are sliced almonds and pepitas but you can use pecans, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, or peanuts instead. For a nut free version, use only seeds!
- Coconut flakes - Try to use unsweetened if you can.
- Cinnamon - For a nice warm flavor.
- Salt - Don’t skip this! A pinch of salt brings balance to the mixture.
- Coconut oil - Melted coconut oil brings all of the ingredients together and is necessary for helping it crisp up. If you don’t have coconut oil, use olive oil or extra virgin olive oil instead.
- Maple syrup - For a touch of natural sweetness. Agave syrup also works.
- Vanilla extract - For flavor and some sweetness.
- Optional add-ins - Once it's is done baking, you can stir in fun add-ins like chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, apple chips, banana chips, or orange zest!
How to make homemade vegan vanilla granola
Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients: Add the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl. Mix until combined.
Step 2: Mix the wet ingredients: Stir the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until everything is coated.
Step 3: Bake it: Spread mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake until it’s fragrant, crispy, and slightly brown.
Step 4: Customize and store: Let the finished granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Afterward, transfer it to an airtight jar or use it right away!
Air fryer directions
Making granola in the air fryer is easy, quick, and always gives you extra crispy results. Work in batches of 1 ½ cups at a time so it all cooks evenly:
Step 1: When the mixture is ready, pour it into the air fryer basket in an even layer.
Step 2: Set the air fryer to 350ºF and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Shake the basket every few minutes.
Step 3: It's ready when it’s fragrant and golden brown. Let it cool completely, then store it away.
How to use
There are endless ways to enjoy easy vegan granola. It’s a great breakfast food, an easy snack, and can add a nice crunch to desserts too. Use it in these suggestions and more:
- Sprinkle some on a bowl of vegan yogurt.
- Make it a part of a custom smoothie bowl.
- Actually, it’s delicious on all kinds of smoothies and smoothie bowls!
- Pour some into a bowl with dairy free milk (like cereal).
- It’s delicious in a berry parfait.
- Take some on a hike for an energizing snack.
- Mix it into your oatmeal.
- Sprinkle some on top of a baked apple or two.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper so it doesn't doesn’t stick.
- Certain mix-ins, like pretzels and dried fruit (if you're using), should be stirred in until AFTER it’s done baking.
- DO NOT stir after it comes out of the oven. Letting it cool completely first helps everything stick together and you end up with delicious granola clusters.
Frequently asked questions
This means you either used too much liquid in the mixture or your oven temperature was too high. Low and slow is the best route so everything has a chance to properly dry out!
This can be hard to tell because there are no obvious signs. Bake between 25 to 30 minutes, stirring it halfway through. You should know the granola is ready when it’s very fragrant and the edges are looking crispy and slightly golden brown.
This vegan granola recipe will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
Easily! Either use certified gluten free rolled oats or swap them for buckwheat instead.
Storebought vegan versions can be hard to find sometimes because most brands use honey and other non-vegan ingredients. To make it vegan-friendly, it needs to be made with plant-based ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup, agave, or another sugar.
Vegan granola is great but you don’t always know what goes into a bag. Instead of wondering if the storebought kind you’re buying is not very healthy you, stick to a homemade recipe made with wholesome ingredients instead.
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Basic Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Granola
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all dry ingredients (up to salt) together in a large bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients in a separable bowl then incorporate into the larger bowl.
- Bake for 15 minutes then flip the granola and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Store in airtight container for 1-2 months.
PLEASE NOTE: Nutritional information data is computer generated and only an estimate so it should be used only as a guide.
Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel clear and confident about what is uniquely nourishing to them. Mary Ellen's recipes and nutrition information have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more.