Easy Turmeric Granola

Along with chocolate (and cake. And cookies), one of the foods I am most addicted to is granola.

I’m not sure what it is, but there is just something so irresistible to me about homemade granola! If there is some homemade granola lurking somewhere nearby, then you can guarantee that I’ll find it impossible to walk on by without grabbing a handful (or four).

Anyway, if I’m going to eat loads of granola, then I may as well make it anti-inflammatory as well, right?!

I’m on a bit of a turmeric kick right now, which is why I decided to make this Easy Turmeric Granola.

It is a great way of getting more turmeric in your diet (and into your kids’ diets, for that matter!), yet still tastes crisp, sweet and buttery – like all the best homemade granolas should!

Happily, these dreamy bowls are made with minimal ingredients – store cupboard staples including oats, coconut, nuts and maple syrup.

The granola is also vegan and can be easily made gluten-free with gluten-free oats, too.

vegan granola

It’s also simple to adapt the recipe, depending on what you have lying around. Sometimes I switch out butter or oil for nut butter, while other times I’ll use chopped nuts instead of oats!

turmeric granola

Anyway, I hop you enjoy this granola recipe too! If you’re anything like me, it won’t last long…

Sam x

Easy Turmeric Granola

Ingredients:

  • Makes one batch –
  • 5 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil (can sub for nut butter)
  • 5-6 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp-1 tbsp turmeric (depends on how much you like the taste!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon (again, dependent on taste)
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper (optional, but enhances your body’s absorption of turmeric)
  • 100g dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3/4 cup raisins and dried cranberries (optional)
  • To serve – coconut yoghurt, fresh berries and mandarin slices

Method

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 150C and lining a baking tray.

  2. Place the coconut oil / butter and maple syrup into a small pan. Gently heat until the oil has melted, stirring smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, almonds, spices, salt and pepper until combined. Fold in the melted oil mixture, stirring to ensure the oats are coated evenly. Tip onto your prepared baking tray, then place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes (or until golden and crisp), stirring ten minutes through cooking.
  4. Once cooked, turn the oven off completely, then open the oven door. Allow the granola to cool while still inside the oven – this helps it to crisp more.
  5. Once cool, stir through dark chocolate chunks and dried fruit, if using, and store in an airtight container until ready to eat.

Author: Sam

I'm a freelance health, food and fitness journalist, busy mama and recipe creator!

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