Holy Granola! After spending two weeks in the States this year, I’ve asked myself: How can Germans live without Granola? We do have our “Knuspermüsli”, but this definitely doesn’t keep up with the awesomeness of a good Granola and the choice you have in the U.S. Unfortunately, most of the granola or Knuspermüsli you can buy at the supermarket is filled with refined sugars or syrups, non-vegan ingredients like honey and lactose, or just a rip-off with too few quality nuts. This calls for a home-made Granola recipe, just as crunchy and delicious as it should be, but vegan and healthy.
The following recipe is for one batch (= one baking tray) of about 500g.
For the muesli mix, put all dry ingredients into a big bowl…
- 2 cups of your favourite muesli or just rolled oats
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp puffed amaranth
- half a cup of almonds*
*I prefer my almonds a bit chopped up, so I put them in a plastic bag and use a masher (or hammer) to crush them a bit.
Now preheat the oven to 150° C/300 F.
In a separate little bowl or cup, mix together…
- 7 tbsp sunflower or rape seed oil
- 2 tbsp agave nectar (or as much as you like)
- cinnamon to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 banana, chopped into 1 cm/half inch pieces
Make sure you mash the banana properly and mix it well with the oil and agave – better use a fork for this! Then stir well until the liquid turns into a smooth pulp.
Pour the pulp over the muesli and mix well until every seed is covered in its fair share of yummy banana-cinnamon-syrup ; ) (Make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth at this stage and try a bit!)
Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for about 25 to 30 min, depending on your oven. Check every 5 to 10 min and turn over with a spoon or spatula at least twice so the upper side doesn’t burn.
When it’s reached golden perfection, take out and let cool completely before placing into a container. This is the most important step – the cooling makes for a crunchier result.
Enjoy with some soy-milk and cocoa, fruit or berries – or as a topping for this.
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