About 6 months ago I quit buying cereal altogether. The process of quitting was slow, but I realized it probably needed to be done.. It started with just trying to buy the best of what there was out there (cereal wise) but being in Okinawa there wasn’t a lot here at the commissary. Since my children love cereal so much I came up with this simple and delicious recipe for coconut cranberry vegan granola.
Like I said, my children love cereal. However, 30 minuets after eating it they were hungry for something else and there was not enough nutrient or protein to make it a good meal. There is also the issue of all the BHP that is carcinogen. I bought Kashi for a while but found out they supported GMO so I no longer buy any of there products.
Despite my efforts to eliminate cereal my children kept begging and begging for it so I figured I should come up with a recipe for some. After looking over quite a few granola recipes I came up with one that is high in vitamins, protein, and fiber and oh… It is very kid friendly because of the taste. As soon as it comes out of the oven it gets devoured. They will eat it for breakfast with almond milk or as a dry snack. As a matter of fact, it was so good that the first time I made it we ate it for all three meals that day, lol.
Coconut Cranberry Vegan Granola
2 Cups Old fashion GF Oats
3/4 Cup Sprouted Seeds
1 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Hemp Seeds
3 T Maple Syrup
1 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 T Coconut Oil (melted)
1/2 Cup Crazens
Put the seed mix in the Vitamix on 3 or 4 just to break it up (my kids don’t like it whole). Then put all of the ingredients except the crazens in a bowl and mix together. Spread the mixture out on parchment paper or directly on the pan and bake in the oven for 20 min at 300 degrees. Mix the mixture halfway through the baking process. Add the crazens at the end and store in an air tight container, if it lasts that long… your family is sure to devour.
I have also added sliced almonds and it was amazing. This is a versatile recipe so please add what you and your family enjoy and then comment to let me know how it goes. The original recipe is nut free, soy free, gluten free, and vegan.