Granola with non-dairy milk

Homemade Orange Chocolate Granola (Vegan)

It’s the 20th of march! And if you haven’t heared yet, this day marks the date of Meatout, the world’s largest grassroots diet education campaign. Every year, since 1985, thousands of people are spreading the word about a meatless diet on this day, and it keeps on growing. Last year, I also joined the compaign with my blog and shared a vegan recipe. It was a lot of fun and I loved finding out about new blogs, who also shared their recipes. I’m very happy to be able to participate again this year! And because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I want to share my new super yummy granola recipe with you today. Happy Meatout Day!

 

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

 

Eating homemade granola for breakfast is the best! Let me tell you why I love making granola:

  1. It’s very quick and easy. Just throw all ingredients together and bake it for some minutes… tadaaaa!
  2. You know exactly what’s in it. You have the choice!
  3. It’s a lot cheaper, even if you use organic ingredients
  4. Your place will smell like cookies the whole day (now, if this doesn’t convince you! ;-))
  5. The word “homemade” just adds the extra magical flavor

Since I started to make my own granola, I’ve tried a lot of combinations but the one I’m about to share with you, has to be my new favorite. It’s simple but so good.

I’ve always been a big fan of the flavor combination of chocolate and orange. They go so well together, so I thought to myself: why not make Chocolate Orange Granola??? I’m actually suprised that I didn’t have the idea years before… but rather later than never right? ;-)

 

Orange Chocolate Granola

Orange Chocolate Granola

 

It took me three tries to make it taste the way I like it. Now it has the right balance between chocolate and orange and it’s not too sweet, since I’m trying to cut down the sugar. So if you need more sweetness, just add some more maple syrup. You could add sugar too, but I prefer natural sweetener.

So here we go:

 

Homemade Orange Chocolate Granola (Vegan)

  • 2 cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 2 cups quick rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp pure cocoa powder (no milk added)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • zest of 2 organic oranges
  • juice of 1 organic orange (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 85g dark chocolate (most of the dark kinds are vegan, but double check, if it’s dairy-free)

Mix together dry ingredients first (oats, cocoa powder, salt). Then add the orange zest, orange juice, sunflower oil and maple syrup and mix together until well combined.

 

Use a big mixing bowl if possible

Use a big mixing bowl if possible

 

Spread granola on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 20 min. at 356°F/180°C, starting with a cold oven. Rotate the baking sheet tray halfway through baking and stirr the granola  with a spoon so it will cook evenly. After 20 minutes you can turn of the oven and leave the granola for another 5-8 minutes until it’s baked to your liking. While the granola is cooling down, chop the chocolate in small pieces and add them to the granola, once it cooled down completely.

 

Chopped chocolate

Chopped chocolate

 

And now you can enjoy your homemade vegan granola for breakfast, or any time! Instead of milk I like using almond or soy-rice milk. No need for dairy milk. : )

If you like to find more vegan recipes, you can check out my recipe index and also sign up for the weekly Meatout Mondays Newsletter. They will send you delicious recipe ideas!

Have a lovely day everybody! :-)

6 Comments

  • Donna

    22.03.2012 at 02:09 Reply

    the recipe looks great! wow, nice touch with the chocobits. i believe you need to change the recipe ingredient list: “2 organic oranges” to “ZEST of 2 organic oranges, finely grated.”

    • Greenderella

      22.03.2012 at 05:31 Reply

      Hey Donna, you are right! Thanks for the correction, I changed it! : )

  • Anna

    10.01.2013 at 11:50 Reply

    Hi, thanks for the recipe, I’m now quite addicted!! Just wondering if you know how many calories are in each average bowl size without the milk? Thanks :)

    • Greenderella

      10.01.2013 at 12:03 Reply

      Hey Anna, thanks for stopping by! I’m happy that you like the granola!! :-) Unfortunately I have no idea, how many calories it has, so sorry. But I can imagine, that it’s less than store-bought chocolate granola because they add so much more sugar!

      • Anna

        10.01.2013 at 12:18 Reply

        Oh, don’t worry about it then. I made a slight change, as I was in a rush, and added the chocolate before it was cooled. It now has formed small lumps, held together with melted then reformed chocolate. I really reccommend it :)

        • Greenderella

          10.01.2013 at 12:23 Reply

          Yum, that sounds nice too! I’ll try it next time!! :)

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