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Baked Granola with chocolate chunks in a white bowl

Easy Baked Granola (6-ingredients, Nut-free)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Making homemade granola is way easier than you think! This Easy Baked Granola is made using just 6 basic ingredients. It's a crunchy, sweet, and wholesome option for a quick breakfast or snack.
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats - gluten-free if desired
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed - if you have whole seeds, use a small coffee grinder to grind
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes**
  • 2/3 cup tahini - sesame seed paste*
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup vegan chocolate chunks or mini chocolate chips - optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add the oats, flax seed and coconut.
    Easy Baked Granola
  • Process until blended and broken into small pieces. Next add the tahini and maple syrup. Process until combined.
    Baked granola ingredients in a food processor
  • Remove the blade from the food processor and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Stir with a spoon in case any of the mixture did not blend completely in the food processor.
  • Using your hands, crumble the mixture onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, in a single layer, leaving some larger pieces in tact.
    Granola on a baking pan ready to be baked.
  • Bake at 325 F for 15-18 minutes, stirring halfway through. You will know it's done once the oatmeal is starting to brown and dry out a bit; be careful not to burn.
    Golden brown granola on a baking pan
  • Transfer the granola to a bowl and let cool. When cooled completely, add the chocolate chunks; stir to combine. Store in an airtight container for at least 2 weeks.
  • Enjoy this granola on its own or with milk (such as this Homemade Almond Milk) or nondairy yogurt. This recipe makes 4 cups granola, or 8 (1/2 cup) servings.
    Baked Granola with chocolate chunks in a white bowl

Notes

  • *Don't have tahini on hand? You can use almond or peanut butter in the place of tahini.
  • **For the coconut flakes, both shredded coconut OR coconut flakes will work, as they will be broken down in the food processor.
  • It's important to wait until the granola has cooled completely before adding the chocolate chips, otherwise they will melt. To cool faster, spread out the granola on the baking sheet after cooled, or add to a bowl and put in the fridge or freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  • This recipe is nut-free, but feel free to add a handful or two of nuts before baking, such as pecans, almonds, peanuts, or even sunflower seeds, etc.
    You can also add dried fruit, such as dried cranberries or banana chips to this granola, if desired. If so, add to the baked granola (after baking), while cooling.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.9g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 12.8g | Sodium: 16.6mg | Sugar: 13g
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