A Christmas granola, without oil and naturally sweetened. I love granolas and at the moment it’s the Christmas Granolas that have done it to me. At the health food store, they are set up in big tubs and I have to admit, the ready-made versions aren’t bad. However, I’m a big fan of DIY and so I couldn’t resist making my very own version. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting requests asking me to make more oil-free recipes. No sooner said than done. Today we have a sweet-making granola. Oil-free, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
Christmas granola, without oil, gluten or industrial sugar
I am now almost inclined to take a magnifying glass with me when I go shopping. The ingredient lists are printed super small and you have to look very closely to make sure you don’t catch a product with flavors, refined sugars or loads of oil . I have a bit of a home field advantage because my mum used to own a health food store. For this reason, I know many companies for more than 25 years. Davert, Rapunzel, Govinda, or Taifun, just to name a few. With these brands I know that they work sustainably and offer top quality.
Nevertheless, I simply like to make many things myself, because then I know what’s in it. Same with this granola, which I like to make in batches. This means I make 4-5 times the amount and bottle and store in large jars or airtight containers.
TIP: If you want the granola really chunky, please don’t run a wooden spoon through the mixture while baking. If you want it to be finer, run it through the baking sheet about halfway through the baking time to break up the chunks.
Make granola yourself without sugar
Avoiding sugar is one of the most difficult tasks of our time. I try my best to avoid refined sugar as much as possible. Here’s a small selection of alternative sweeteners for your dream granola.
- Coconut blossom sugar is produced by scratching the inflorescence of the coconut palm. The nectar that emerges is then collected, filtered and boiled down until the liquid has completely evaporated. The taste is malty-caramel.
- Maple syrup is literally tapped from maple trees, and only as much as the tree can spare. It is a natural sweetener that tastes equally malty and caramel.
- Date syrup is made from whole dates and is equally high on my list of sweeteners. Naturally produced date syrup is even said to have an antibiotic effect even have an antibiotic effect, as a team of researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University has discovered.
TIP: Whenever you have the option, then I recommend using healthy, whole-food sugar alternatives. They have a higher content of minerals, vitamins and fiber, which are removed in industrially refined sugars.
Ideal with this Christmas granola is a homemade and creamy barista milk. Your creativity is called for when it comes to toppings. Bananas, coconut yogurt, oranges, berries, superfoods or dark chocolate. Perfect as a snack in between, or as a small, fine gift the colleague who just sits a little frustrated in the home office?
The vegan, oil-free Christmas granola is:
- Naturally sweetened
- Easy to manufacture
Let’s go with this crunchy dream that will get you through the pre-Christmas season perfectly. I wish you a lot of fun baking and of course a review at the bottom of this page. If you post a picture, use the hashtag #veganevibes.
Christmas Granola (oil-free, gluten-free)
- 200 g Oatmeal gluten-free
- 30 g Cocoa powder
- 50 g Pecans coarsely chopped, or other nuts of choice
- 35 g Coconut flakes
- 30 g dried apple rings small cut
- 2 tbspn Gingerbread spice
- 1 tbspn Orange peel Freshly zested from an organic orange or 1 tsp dried
- 120 ml maple syrup alternatively agave syrup
- 65 g Almond paste please make sure it is creamy, I use light almond paste
- 3-5 Drop Orange oil optional
- 1 tbspn Molasses for a more intense flavor, optional
- Preheat the oven to 165 degrees (convection) or 185 degrees (top and bottom heat) and line a baking tray with baking paper or a baking mat.
- Provide a large bowl. Oatmeal. Add in cocoa powder, pecans, coconut flakes, dried apple rings, gingerbread spice, orange zest, maple syrup, almond paste, (optional) orange oil, (optional) molasses and mix with a spoon until everything is well combined.200 g Oatmeal, 30 g Cocoa powder, 50 g Pecans, 35 g Coconut flakes, 30 g dried apple rings, 2 tbspn Gingerbread spice, 1 tbspn Orange peel, 120 ml maple syrup, 65 g Almond paste, 3-5 Drop Orange oil, 1 tbspn Molasses
- Spread the finished mixture evenly over the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes on the LOWER SLIDE of the oven. At the end of the 15 minutes, turn the baking sheet once completely so that the granola browns evenly.
- TIP: If you’re into chunks in granola, I recommend NOT going through with a spoon. Simply turn the baking tray once and you’re done.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Garnish with fresh plant milk, plant-based yogurt and optional toppings. enjoy!Coconut yogurt, Oranges, Chocolate drops, Bananas, Barista milk
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.