Vegan high fibre nut and seed granola (GF,OF & Low GI)
Ditch the so called “healthy” store bought granola and make this vegan high fibre nut and seed granola that’s also gluten free, oil free and low GI. It packs a nice protein punch too for a real healthy breakfast or snack option.
Granola is one of those great healthy food products that can be deceiving. Big brand name companies have latch on to its health claims and made it not so healthy. With all the unnecessary oils and sugars, they add to it. They do this as sugar is highly addictive and the more you eat the more you crave it.
If you start you day off with essentially a big bowl of sugar you will get the high that comes from all that sugar but then will crash later on. This will only make it harder to pick the healthier options through the rest of the day.
This is why you should make your own granola not only is it cheaper especially when you want a gluten and dairy free version but you can have fun and customise it to suit your own taste and dietary requirements. I took my inspiration for this granola from @fitmomfoods i tweak the recipe she posted on instagram. To make mine oil free, low GI and higher in protein.
Excessive amounts of sugar are not needed and you can skip the oils entirely. I chose to use VitaFiber™ from Bulk Powders and Sweet Freedom fruit syrup to replace the black treacle, fructose, honey and glucose syrup that are normally used in store bought granola’s.
I chose VitaFiber™ as it’s a widely known as a high fibre powder that is used as a sugar replacement in baking. It also functions as a dietary fiber, prebiotic and a low calorie sweetener. VitaFiber™ Powder is derived from non GMO corn-starch which is naturally sweet, approximately 60% as sweet of sugar. I have use VitaFiber™ in a recipe before to make chocolate peanut protein cups you can check them out here.
For the liquid sweetener I used sweet freedom fruit syrup. I use this for loads of different everyday things like pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, in sauces and hot drinks. You can use it in place of honey or agave nectar. It’s made from natural fruit extracts: apples grapes and carob. I love this company as their products are free from all 14 allergens, vegan, low GI, no chemical processing, no addictive’s, no preservatives or GMOs and its made in the UK. How can you not love this company?
For the oats I used gluten free rolled oats from Asda. I have used Nairn’s, Delicious alchemy and Quakers rolled oats before. I don’t have a preference they all taste the same to me, I buy whatever one is the cheapest and available.
Now for the fun part of making your own granola the add ins. I chose cashews, walnuts, hemp seeds, shredded desiccated coconut, buckwheat puffs, PBfit (powdered peanut) and soy protein powder. Pick your favourites and get creative!
Granola can made on the stovetop or baked in the oven. I chose to bake this recipe in the oven as that way you don’t have to stand and watch over it.
The versatility of granola it’s what makes it so popular, I usually eat mine with Alpro plain yogurt and fresh strawberries. But it works great with any non-dairy milk, my favourite is Alpro coconut milk as it has no added sugar and taste amazing. You can also use it as a smoothie topping or simply eat it on its own as a quick and healthy on the go snack. This recipe makes 300 grams and i split it into 10 servings of 30 grams each. Eat more or less depending on how hungry you are. I have been as a snack or dessert after dinner.
Vegan high fibre nut and seed granola (GF, OF & Low GI)
- 100 grams gf rolled oats
- 40 grams VitaFiber
- 30 grams shredded desiccated coconut
- 24 grams PBfit
- 20 grams puffed buckwhet
- 20 grams cashews
- 20 grams walnuts
- 20 grams hemp seeds
- 20 grams soya protein powder
- 20 grams fruit syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 45 ml water
- 40 ml water
Pre-heat oven to 180c
Whilst the oven pre-heats measure out all your ingredients.
Add everything except the VitaFiber, PBfit, water and fruit syrup to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
In a small bowl combine the PBfit and 45 ml of water, stir to combine it should be runny. Set aside
In a small sauce pot over a low heat add VitaFiber and 40 ml of water. Heat the mixture until it starts to bubble and becomes clear.
Turn off the heat and quickly add the liquid to the mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Add the runny PBfit and fruit syrup into the mixing bowl and stir everything together making sure to coat all the ingredients well.
Spread the granola on to a large baking tray lined with grease proof paper to create an even single layer.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the level of crunchiness you like. I suggest checking on it at the 10 minute mark to make sure nothing is burning.
Remove from oven and leave to cool on the tray before breaking it up. Store granola in an airtight container in a cool dry place. for up to two weeks. Enjoy
This recipe makes 10 30g servings
Macros per serving is 5.8f 10.8c 5.6p
This granola turned out so good you wouldn’t realise there was no oil or lots of liquid sweetener used. It still turned out crunchy and sweet. The nuts get toasted and extra flavourful and the hemp seeds add that extra crunch factor. Definitely way better than any store bought granola out there and with the added benefit of actually being healthy.
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, remember if you recreate this or any of my recipes to tag me in them on instagram @emmalouisecee I love to see them all. I also post daily on insta stories if you want to see what I eat in a day and how I train at the gym. Have a great day x