Vanilla Cranberry Granola


Breakfast & Brunch Eggless Fall Gluten Free High Altitude No Seed Oils Vegan | Published October 18, 2022 by Mimi Council

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This easy Vanilla Cranberry Granola makes the best breakfast or snack! Enjoy it with milk or your favorite nondairy milk like almond or coconut. You can even eat this by the handful as a snack or add into trail mix!

If you're looking for more healthy breakfast ideas, check out my Everything Bagel Turkey Sausages, Cinnamon Honey Cream Cheese Spread, or my Blackberry Honey Butter Toast.

recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

This Vanilla Cranberry Granola is a delightful blend of wholesome organic ingredients and rich flavors that creates a nutritious and satisfying snack or breakfast. This granola features rolled oats toasted to golden perfection, mixed with sweet, dried cranberries that add a burst of tartness in every bite. The inclusion of pure vanilla bean infuses the granola with a warm, comforting aroma and a subtle sweetness that pairs beautifully with the tangy cranberries.

This naturally vegan Vanilla Cranberry Granola offers a crunchy texture and a balanced taste. It's tasty enough to enjoy on its own, sprinkled over yogurt, or served with milk, making it an ideal option for a health-conscious yet indulgent treat!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Naturally Vegan: I love this granola because it's naturally vegan. I use corn syrup in this granola, which is what makes it cluster up. If you're not vegan you can substitute for honey if you prefer.

Healthy Snack: Granola is a sweet and healthy snack that you can enjoy any time of day! Grab a handful, sprinkle it over yogurt, add to smoothie bowls, or enjoy in a bowl with milk.

Simple to Make: This recipe is incredibly simple and easy to make. This is a great recipe to make ahead of a brunch or family gathering as you can easily make it the night before and have fresh granola the following day.

Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: This Vanilla Cranberry Granola is packed with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, coconut oil, and cranberries providing a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. The dried cranberries add a boost of antioxidants and vitamins, making it a nutritious choice for a balanced diet.

recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

Ingredients

Organic Rolled Oats

Costco Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil

Wholesome Organic Light Corn Syrup

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Lafaza Organic Ground Vanilla Bean

Food to Live Organic Dried Cranberries

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

Mixing Bowl

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, add the oats and vanilla bean and whisk together. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, add the cane sugar, coconut oil, water, and corn syrup. Cook on medium/high heat until everything is combined. Remove from heat and add in the sea salt. Stir to combine completely. Pour the sugar mixture over the oat mixture and fold to combine and completely coat the oats.

Step 3

Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread out as evenly as possible. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and stir to rotate granola. Bake again for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Step 4

Once cool, add granola and cranberries to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine completely.

Flavor Variations

  • Classic Raisin: Add in raisins instead of cranberries.
  • Blueberry Almond: Add in dried blueberries and almonds in place of cranberries.
  • Vanilla Strawberry: Add in freeze dried (or dried) strawberries in place of cranberries.
  • Chocolate Chip: Add in chocolate chips in place of cranberries.
recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

FAQ's

Is homemade granola a healthy snack?

Homemade granola is a great healthy snack. You can enjoy it by the handful or you can eat it with milk, coconut milk, almond milk or even yogurt. I will usually eat granola for a snack even more so than I will for breakfast!

Is making granola cheaper than buying it?

Usually everything is cheaper if you make it yourself! Homemade granola can be much more cost effective, plus you get to choose your ingredients so you can easily make sure everything is organic!

What is a good binder for granola?

Organic light corn syrup, organic honey, and organic maple syrup are all great binders for granola. You can use whichever one you prefer in granola recipes. But, keep in mind that if you use honey or maple syrup, then your granola will have that flavor shining through. It woks great if you want that, but if you don’t want a honey or maple granola, then organic light corn syrup is your best option. I buy the Wholesome one which I really like.

What is the best way to store homemade granola?

First, let the granola cool completely and come to room temperature. Once it has cooled, you can store granola in an airtight container. This can be a Tupperware, a big Ziploc bag, or even a jar with a sealed lid. I actually will store my homemade granola in a Pyrex bowl with a lid (it’s the bowl that’s in these photos, and a lid just pops right on it!).

recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

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recipe for vegan granola, vanilla cranberry granola

Vanilla Cranberry Granola

Mimi Council
Vanilla Cranberry Granola offers a delightful mix of crunchy oats, sweet dried cranberries, and a hint of pure organic vanilla bean, making it a nutritious and satisfying treat. Perfect as a topping for yogurt, smoothie bowls, or enjoyed on its own, this granola brings a touch of natural sweetness and wholesome goodness to your day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Makes 16 servings
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the oats and vanilla bean and whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add the cane sugar, coconut oil, water, and corn syrup. Cook on medium/high heat until everything is combined. Remove from heat and add in the sea salt. Stir to combine completely. Pour the sugar mixture over the oat mixture and fold to combine and completely coat the oats.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread out as evenly as possible. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and stir to rotate granola. Bake again for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Once cool, add granola and cranberries to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Notes

Gluten Free — Make sure to use gluten free oats.
High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 77mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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