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This oil-free and naturally sweetened granola tastes like an oatmeal cookie in clustery breakfast form. Just 8 ingredients and 35 minutes is all it takes to make this highly addicting dessert-for-breakfast.
This is my new favorite granola. When I first made it I thought it was going to be a fail because it was still soggy when I took it out of the oven, but the bottom was burning so I had to take it out. But I crossed my fingers and left it to cool, and an hour later my taste buds were blown. It was crispy on the outside but still had a nice chew on the inside, and with the raisins it literally tasted like an oatmeal cookie! I was so excited, I still am excited!
To make this granola you need just 8 basic ingredients:
- date paste (see notes in next paragraph)
- almond butter
- crispy rice cereal
- flax seeds
To make the date paste, I blended 1/4 cup water with about 1/2 cup of pitted dates. You want to end up with 1/2 cup of date paste, so you may need to add more or less dates depending on their size. The final date paste should still be thick (but stirrable) and not runny.
Mix the almond butter, date paste, and vanilla until fully combined. Then mix together dry ingredients and add in the wet. Mix mix mix until the dry ingredients are fully coated in the date mixture.
Plop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and spread evenly. Bake at 320°F for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through so it doesn’t burn. The date paste burns easily, so keep an eye on it and lower the oven temperature if necessary. My oven runs hot so I usually bake it even lower, around 315°F.
Once it’s brown and golden, take it out of the oven. It will still be slightly soft/soggy, but don’t touch it! Leave it out to cool completely and it will firm up as it cools.
This makes a great topping for yogurt (personally I love the SoDelicious coconut yogurt) with some fruit, or eat it like cereal with milk (my favorite is soy), but it’s also really good all on its own! This recipe makes a pretty decent amount, but if you have little self control like my boyfriend and me, it won’t last more than 24 hours. It’s that good! But I don’t even feel bad because this granola is so healthy, especially compared to store bought granola. It’s free from refined sugars and oils, sweetened completely by dates, and has heart-healthy fats from almonds and flax seeds (hello omega 3’s!). So don’t hold back 😉
I hope you try out this granola and add it into your weekly meal prep! Don’t forget to tag me in your recreations on instagram @ellielikes.cooking, and leave a comment down below with any feedback/questions or just say hi 🙂 I’m always eager to hear from you!
Oatmeal Cookie Granola (Vegan, GF, Oil-Free)
- 1/2 cup date paste*
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 3 tbsp raisins
- Preheat oven to 320°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix together date paste, almond butter, and vanilla. In a separate large bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients.
- Add the date mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are evenly coated in the date mixture. Mix carefully so as not to break the crispy rice cereal.
- Spread the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Push down on the mixture with a baking spatula so it is flat and even. Bake for 20 minutes, mixing halfway through to prevent the bottom from burning.
- Let cool completely. It will firm up as it cools. Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
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