Oats. Almonds. Quinoa. Molasses. Sea Salt.
This granola recipe is delicious, heart-healthy, vegan, and SO easy to make. It's also secretly full of vitamins and minerals: the key ingredient here is blackstrap molasses! Molasses is the nutritionally-dense by-product of refined white sugar. The iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium that get left behind when sugar cane is turned into boring white sugar all end up in this sweet earthy syrup. I am all about molasses these days. Read more about it here, and get on the bandwagon with me. And then make this easy 5 ingredient granola!
2 cups rolled oats (I deeply dig Bob's Redmill)
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
sea salt to taste (optional)
dried fruit to taste (optional)
Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a half sheet baking pan with parchment paper.
Combine: Add rolled oats, almonds, quinoa, and molasses in a large mixing bowl, and mix.
Taste: Check the quality of the above mixture using thumb, forefinger, and mouth. Add salt if you're the salting type.
Toast: Spread oat-molasses mixture on parchment paper, and bake for 30 minutes. Give the ingredients a stir at the 15 minute mark.
Embellish: If you're feeling fancy, sprinkle dried fruit on top of granola as it cools. To achieve maximally chunky granola, let it cool completely before digging in.