I forget how easy granola is to make. Especially vegan, totally plant-based, real food granola. There's no need to even melt anything with this particular recipe. Just toss all the dry stuff in a bowl and all the wet stuff in another smaller bowl, mix those two together, spread it all on cookie sheets, and bake. There are so many combination possibilities. What I love about this particular granola is that lovely citrus-dessert flavor that comes from the orange zest and juice mixing with the vanilla and pecans. Oh yeah. I love coming across a bite that contains sweet dried apricot and a toasty coconut flake, too. There's a nice balance of fruit, oats, nuts and seeds, and a richness from this balance even without any butter or oil added. This granola is a variety of nutritious real food that satiates, is easily packable, and tastes delicious.
If I have a choice between trail mix and granola, I'm going for the granola. Trail mix can often be too sweet, too salty, too much fat per handful, or yep - just too many raisins, people. The oats in granola help spread the love without overdoing one component, and oven-toasting all the ingredients adds so much more yum to the situation. The key is to let it bake until it gets that toasty brown color. Flip it good every 15 minutes so all sides get toasted. When I flip the granola, I like to push all the outer edges toward the center with a turner, then scoop from the middle back to the outer edges so I don't flip everything out of the cookie sheet. Not that that's happened. More than 100 times.
Our favorite ways to eat Orange Pecan Power Granola:
The classic way: in a bowl with our favorite nondairy milk
Decorating a smoothie bowl
In lunchbox packable containers (just pour directly into pie-hole or eat by the handful)
Either in individual containers or one big one to share on road trips
Straight out of the jar after school
In a bowl without milk that we (ok, I) take a pinch from throughout the day
Sprinkled on top of cooked fruit, nice cream, or a coconut yogurt parfait
Orange Pecan Granola Recipe
VEGAN | WFPB | EASY | GLUTEN-FREE | OIL-FREE | REFINED SUGAR-FREE | BREAKFAST | LUNCH BOX
YIELD: 9 cups
| PREP TIME: 15 minutes
| COOK TIME: 45+ minutes
|| TOTAL TIME: About 1 hour