Don’t let the word ‘gourmet’ trick you into thinking this delicious granola recipe is complicated, it’s actually remarkably simple. The flavours that come from the oats, orange zest, cinnamon and maple syrup are what make it truly decadent — it’s also vegan!
Ingredients (yields approx. 5 cups):
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- a good pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)*
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (I used a vanilla infused variety)
- zest of a large orange
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cranberries
*If you don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can use dairy-based butter.
Preheat the oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, stir and combine the oats, pepitas, sunflower seeds and salt — set aside.
Place the butter, maple syrup, orange zest and cinnamon into a small saucepan and stir gently over medium heat. As soon as the butter has melted, pour the liquid over the oat and seed mix and stir until all dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Transfer the mixture onto a parchment-lined 13×9 baking tray and press down with a spatula into an evenly distributed layer.
Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes (ovens may vary) and check/stir the granola halfway through cooking time. When the granola is aromatic and turning golden brown, remove it from the oven.
Still in the baking tray; stir the cranberries through the granola and then press down again into an evenly distributed layer using a spatula — leave to cool completely.
Break the granola into clumps using your hands or stir with a spoon for a finer grain. Keep in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.
You can serve this gourmet cranberry orange granola with milk, as a topping for yoghurt or fruit or as a delicious, crunchy snack!
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