Vegan Samoas (Caramel DeLites) with Date Caramel

Girl Scout Cookies.

Yummy Vegan Caramel Delites (Samoas) with Date Caramel

Don’t pretend you don’t like them. Almost everybody has a soft spot for at least one of those delicious, seasonal sweet treats.

Delicious Vegan Samoas with Date Caramel

Coincidentally, several varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are vegan (#bless). Which is honestly such a gift to dairy-free and vegan people. It’s so nice to not miss out on the Girl Scout cookie fun.

Vegan Samoas with Date Caramel

Thin Mints: vegan. S’mores cookies: vegan. Peanut butter patties: vegan.

Delicious Vegan Samoas:Caramel Delites w: Date Caramel

But what’s not? Sadly, samoas (or caramel delites, depending on who you ask). Boo.

Vegan Caramel Delites with Date Caramel

Now. I have seen a million line-extensions of Girl Scout cookie products on the shelves that hypothetically I could enjoy. Girl Scout cookie cereals, granola bars, candy bars, even teas – but nothing is quite as satisfying as the cookies themselves.

Amazing Vegan Samoas with Date Caramel

So when life won’t give me a vegan Caramel DeLite, I will make one myself. Because I am a strong, independent woman and I do not need a mass-bakery to support my inner-cookie-lover. I will get creative and I will succeed. Just watch me.

Vegan Caramel Delites (Samoas) w: Date Caramel

So here we are: vegan samoas. I played around with two versions. One batch I made used date caramel. The other used this Coconut Milk Caramel. You could also just melt a bunch of these heavenly nuggets and use that instead. You do you. I’m not here to tell you how to live your best samoa life.

Anyways ~ On to the cookies. A little prep work is involved, yes, but I promise it’s worth it. Perfect and impressive and tasty for your next party or Instagram. Or in my case, empty Friday night.

#bless up, Girl Scouts:

Vegan Samoas (Caramel DeLites) with Date Caramel

Delicious Vegan Samoas with Date Caramel

Prep Time:  30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins, but require at least 20 minutes refrigeration
Total Time: ~50 minutes
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients:

Shortbread Cookies:

  • 1/4th cup vegan butter, softened (such as Earthbalance)
  • 1/4th cup coconut oil, melted (can sub more vegan butter)
  • 3/4th cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (can sub additional all-purpose flour or vice versa)
  • dash of salt
  • Date Caramel Coconut Layer:

  • 8 ounces of pitted dates (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or coconut oil (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • Alternatively, you can sub date caramel with one batch of this Coconut Milk Caramel.Chocolate:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a large bowl combine softened vegan butter and melted coconut oil. Add sugar and vanilla extract and whisk well. Add flour and fold into dough until just combined. If dough seems dry, add a tablespoon or 2 of water or non-dairy milk. Place dough in refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, soak dates in 1 cup water for at least 10 minutes. Once dates have softened, drain them and place in a food processor. Add sunflower seed butter, vanilla and salt. Pulse until a smooth caramel dough forms; the caramel should be sticky.
    4. Transfer date caramel to a bowl. Add shredded coconut and mix until coconut is coated in date caramel.
    5. Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll out dough to be about 1/8th inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter, and/or an inverted drinking glass to cut dough into circles. Use a knife to cut a smaller hole in the middle of each cookie, to resemble a doughnut shape.
    6. Place cookies onto a parchment paper-lined pan and place in the oven until golden brown, about 18-23 minutes.
    7. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool.
    8. Once cookies have cooled, use a spoon or your fingers (fingers are much easier, honestly) to distribute date caramel around cookies. Aim for about 1/4-1/3th inch of date caramel.
    9. Once cookies have caramel layer, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave using 30 second increments, and stirring occasionally. This will take 2-4 minutes. Once chocolate is melted, stir in coconut oil.
    10. Pipe chocolate or drizzle it in a zig-zag pattern using a pastry bag, and/or by letting it run off the back of a spoon. Once all cookies have a chocolate drizzle, dip the bottom of each cookie into the remaining chocolate, placing back onto the parchment baking sheet after each dip.
    11. Allow cookies to set in the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened, at least 30 minutes.
    12. Enjoy!

    3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheerio Bars

    Hello! It me. I bring to you another dessert recipe from Wisconsin since my flight to NYC was canceled this morning due to the wind! Blah. I suppose this means even more time to experiment with dessert recipes since I will no longer have the opportunity to stuff myself with Van Leeuwen vegan ice cream this weekend (my absolute fav).easy-vegan-3-ingredient-peanut-butter-chocolate-cheerio-bars

    Now I will preface this recipe by acknowledging that I’m aware I did not break any culinary boundaries in creating these. And that’s fine. But these bars are beauties because they’re super duper easy and super duper delicious. They’re also vegan and gluten-free, if you’re into that kinda thing.

    They’re also highly addictive. My mom ate like 3/4th of the tray in one sitting. We are definitely related. Chocolate is a food group, according to us. vegan-3-ingredient-peanut-butter-chocolate-cheerio-bars

    So a lil history on these bars: they came about because as a constantly-on-a-budget TJs fanatic, I am always looking up ways to create cheap after-dinner sweet snacks. In grad school I starting buying bags of chocolate chips for $1.99 (yup, TJ’s chocolate chips are vegan) and boxes of TJ’s Joe’s O’s (which are the Trader Joe’s equivalent of Cheerios) also for $1.99. I would mix chocolate chips and Joe’s Os in a wee little bowl and nibble on the mixture while studying.

    The mix is a bit sweet, a bit carby, chocolatey, and crunchy. It’s highly satisfying, easy-to-prepare, and cheap as can be! It really stretches out a bag of chocolate chips, and has the added bonus that Joe’s O’s are decently not-too-shabby-for-you, making it a snack that’s easy to eat every night without feeling icky.

    Then one day last month, I  was making puppy chow for my sister when she was in town, and I ventured to the grocery store to get a box of Chex. And then I got home and saw my Cheerios and I was like…I wonder if….!

    And so this month, I tried it. I basically used the puppy chow idea (melted chocolate + pb) with Cheerios in place of Chex, but pressed them into a pan instead of coating them with powdered sugar.vegan-gluten-free-3-ingredient-peanut-butter-chocolate-cheerio-bars

    The result is a crunchy, easy peasy snack that satisfies any crunchy chocolate peanut butter craving. They’re just damn good and damn delicious.

    Anyways, without further audieu, I present to you…

    3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars [Vegan & Gluten-Free]vegan-3-ingredient-peanut-butter-chocolate-cheerio-bars-gf

    Prep Time:  10 mins
    Cook Time:0 mins, but require at least 20 minutes refrigeration
    Total Time: ~30 minutes
    Servings: 12 bars

    Ingredients:

    • 4 cups plain Cherrios or Joe’s O’s
    • 1 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • sea salt (optional)

    Method:

    1. Grease a 12″x12″ inch pan.
    2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until almost melted (roughly 90 seconds – 3minutes). When chips are almost melted, add peanut butter and microwave an additional 30-60 seconds, until chips are fully melted and peanut butter is melty.
    3. Stir chocolate peanut butter mixture. Add cereal. Toss to coat cereal in chocolate mixture.
    4. Press into prepared pan.
    5. Place bars into the refrigerator or freezer until set, at least 20-30 minutes.
    6. Slice and enjoy.

    Vegan Salted Coconut Milk Caramel

    Caramel! Do you say it “CARA-uh-mel” or “CAR-uh-muhl” or “KAR-mul?” I say it “delicious,” and something I enjoy swirled into my ice cream or as a dipping sauce for a hot doughy pastry (hello, mini churros).yummy-vegan-coconut-milk-caramel

    So once upon a time I found and fell a bit infatuated with these vegan caramels made from coconut milk. Me being me, I instantly starting working on how I could recreate something similar.

    I typically make my vegan caramel from dates, which is delicious, but this was a fun new challenge and I can’t wait to bake with this stuff and incorporate it into other fun desserts and treats.coconut-milk

    What are you up to right now? As I’m typing up this post, I’m watching Vanderpump Rules. It’s the best worst show ever.

    Life is still a bit of a doosey for me lately. I’m experiencing multiple transitions and am exploring new platforms for freelance, and in the meantime I find I have a lot of create energy and am unsure where to place it. It feels like I’m going to pop creative juice all over the carpet. So when this happens I end up baking breakfast cookies and making homemade vegan caramel. I need a life. Or a friend who will eat my food that isn’t my dog.vegan-coconut-milk-caramel

    In other news, I am experiencing a really adorable adult acne breakout. This acne does not help me in the she-looks-like-a-teenager-don’t-take-her-seriously-department. Which is starting to get a wee bit frustrating. But that’s okay. I recently read a tweet from a vlogger I follow about letting people who doubt you and try to take advantage of you be your motivation to succeed. So I’m going to try to go this route. Which I guess means caramel, among other things.

    Enough of my talking. On to the caramel:delicious-vegan-coconut-milk-caramel

    It’s easy, delicious, and has a lovely coconul undertone. It’s wonderful swirled into yogurt, on top of ice cream, AND in the recipe I am going to post next (stay tuned ~ I’m really excited about this one).

    Oh, and if you’d like the mini vegan churros recipe here it is: 1) Go to Trader Joe’s. 2) Buy frozen mini churros. 3) Eat.

    Prep Time:  2 mins
    Cook Time: 35-40 mins
    Total Time: ~40 minutes
    Servings: ~1/2 cup caramel sauce

    Ingredients:

    • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar or coconut sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt

    Method:

    1. In a small saucepan, combine coconut milk and sugar.
    2. Heat mixture to a boil over medium heat. Maintain slow boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, roughly 35-40 minutes. Stir in coconut oil and vanilla and remove from heat.
    3. Transfer caramel sauce to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

    Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Seed Crackers

    Mmmmm crackers. I love me a good cracker. Oddly, however, I rarely buy crackers. It’s one of those things I just never grab when I’m on autopilot at the grocery store. So maybe I enjoy crackers so much because they’re novel to me. Or maybe it’s just because I love carbs.

    Vegan & Gluten-free Quinoa Sunflower Chia Seed Crackers

    Well, I guess these crackers aren’t that carby. They got quinoa in them, but they also pack a buttload of healthy fats – polyunsaturated from the sunflower seeds, and omega fatty acids in the chia seeds. Also, hello holy fiber. These babies are packed full of them.

    Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Crackers - Sunflowers

    Can we talk about sunflower seeds for a minute? I seriously think they’re underrated. They’re not only tasty, but mega-cheap, and seriously nutritious! They’re one of the foods highest in polyunsaturated fatty acids – aka the best fatty acids, and the ones that can help you lower your blood lipid profiles when used to replace other fats and/or carbs.

    Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Crackers - Quinoa

    Anyways back to crackers. These were kind of made on a whim based on what was in my pantry at my mom’s house in Wisco last week. And then they turned out really great. Like, way better than I had expected. I love when that happens. It makes me happies. Much more happies than when you make something you think is gonna be great and then it’s totally meh or you leave it in the oven way too long by accident because you can’t get your dog back inside from playing with frogs in the lawn and then you totally burn the crap out of whatever your’e making. Not that I speak from experience.

    Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Crackers - Vegan & Gluten-free

    These crackers are hearty, flavorful, and satisfying. They pair great with avocado. They would also be pretty great with hummus, or are perfect on their own. You can also omit the garlic and pair them with sweet toppings, like nut butter or jam. You do you.

    Vegan Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Crackers

    Let’s take a second to acknowledge the avocado in the photo above is a little bruised. Let’s also acknowledge that it is still perfectly edible and since I hate wasting food and avocados are darn expensive, no, I did not run to the store to buy a new one for this photo. Sorry, guys. But this is about the crack-tastic crackers anyway.

    Quinoa Sunflower & Chia Crackers Vegan

    Say cracker again. *cracker.*

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Bake Time: 15 minutes
    makes about 6 large crackers

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
    • 1/2 cup chia seeds
    • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 clove garlic (optional)

    Directions: 

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Mince garlic clove if making savory crackers. Otherwise, skip this step.
    3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
    4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (I used a 9″ x 9″ pan). Spread cracker mixture over parchment paper.
    5. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from oven. Place a second piece of parchment paper over the crackers, and flip crackers. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until just set/crispy.
    6. Remove from oven. Allow to cool and enjoy.

     

    Vegan Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookie Dough S’mores Bars

    I should be writing my thesis. Really, that’s what I should be doing. Not baking, not rearranging my apartment to put my table by the window to take pictures of my baked goods, and definitely not blogging about them either. But here we are.
    Vegan S'mores Bars Cookie Dough

    Finishing this thesis has been like so meh. I’ve never been so good at procrastinating anything in my life. So many other things just seem important right now. Like frantically finding a job. And signing up for a free barre class and arriving wearing sticky stocks to realize that you and your friend missed the memo that it’s actually a free HIIT/cardio kickboxing class. And then doing that class wearing sticky socks. And then trying really hard not to roll your eyes while biting your tongue listening to their partner “holistic nutritionist” talk about “good molecules” for your body after. Phew. Stay calm, Kathy.

    Vegan S'mores Cookie Dough Bars  Gluten-Free

    Anyways, part of me procrastinating editing my thesis involved S’mores bars. I know right? Vegan, GF S’mores bars. Now what if I told you that these are also better-for-you. Like the cookie dough layer is actually pretty healthy.

    Vegan Cookie Dough Healthy

    Shut the front door, right? Right. But this magic is REAL.

    Vegan Marshmallows

    So recently Trader Joe’s debuted their vegan and gluten-free marshmallows for $2.99. G’bless you TJs for real. Normally, vegan marshmallows are like $6 for no apparent reason. And thus I’ve refrained from buying them and haven’t had a damn marshmallow in like 3 years. Until these puppies hit the shelves and like a dream come true.

    Vegan Marshmallows Trader Joe's

    Speaking of dreams, you could take a nap of one of these marshamllow-topped bars. Marshmallows are fluffy, just like pillows. Except then you’d have crumbs and chocolate in your hair. But if you surround yourself with the right types of people they may actually dig that sort of thing.

    Vegan Gluten-Free S'mores Cookie Dough Bars

    Back to the bars: what do I dig about these? Well, they have all the things I look for in a dessert: they are carby and sweet but not too sweet, and they have chocolate, and they have a graham cracker crust, and when you eat them they don’t make you feel like you just ate a garbage truck.

    Vegan and Gluten Free S'mores Cookie Dough Bars

    In fact, marshmallows aside, these puppies ain’t bad for you. The middle layer is full of whole grains, protein, and plant-powered goodness. And dark chocolate is rad, too.

    Vegan Gluten Free S'mores Cookie Dough Bars

    The graham crackers and the marshmallows? Well, those are for fun. Which is allowed when you’re eating. Because eating should be fun and not boring. In fact it should be s’mor-ing. <—I’m the worst. Kudos to you if you’re still reading this post and putting up with me being a cluster.

    Vegan &amp; Gluten Free S'mores Cookie Dough Bars

    Now let’s do this.

    Vegan S'mores Cookie Dough Bars Gluten-Free

    Ingredients – Crust:

    • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about a sleeve and a half)
    • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

    Ingredients – Cookie Layer:

    • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 1/2 cups oat flour or other flour (you can make oat flour by pulsing oats in a food processor or blender until a flour forms)
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (can sub coconut sugar, etc)
    • 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

    Ingredients – Topping:

    • 12 ounce bag vegan gluten-free marshmallows
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking sheet.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and coconut oil. Press into baking sheet to form a bottom layer. Store in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to set.
    3. In a food processor or blender, puree chickpeas until a smooth paste forms. Add vanilla extract and pulse again. Transfer to a bowl and add oat flour, rolled oats, sugars, and mix well. Then add chocolate chips and pecans and mix again.
    4. Transfer cookie dough into pan and press on top of graham layer.
    5. Top with chopped marshmallows, chocolate chips and pecans. Torch with a fancy kitchen torch, or broil in your oven for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the marshmallows.
    6. Cut into squares and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

    Mini Vegan & Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes

    Why is it that mini foods are more fun? At first it seems paradoxical, especially in a culture where bigger is better. But it’s undeniable. Mini food RULES.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes. Easy & Gluten-Free!

    You know what I mean. Mini m&ms and mini chocolate chips >>>>> than their regular sized counterparts. And whenever things are miniaturized, whether they be burgers as sliders or bite-sized cupcakes or those tiny peanut butter cups, something is always more fun about mini food.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes! Gluten Free & easy!

    I believe it has to do with food ratios and textures. Also visual appeal and general cuteness. But that’s just my two cents and super scientific take on the matter. Feel free to agree and/or disagree, my opinion is pretty much set.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes!  easy & gluten-free

    Mini foods also makes them Millie-sized, and we all know any mention or thought of my sweet pup fills my heart and soul with joy. What’ can I say? She’s just ma girl.

    Easy Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes. Gluten-Free.

    So the idea for mini pancakes is actually inspired by the Silver Dollar Pancakes at Trader Joe’s in the frozen section. Lots of moms tell me their kids love them. I tell them my mom loves them. Go pita, shattering stereotypes.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes! Easy& Gluten-free

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes. Easy & Gluten-Free!

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes. Easy & Gluten-Free !

    I was off work today and wanted to do something a wee bit special for breakfast. As I had the time, I decided that I was going to make banana pancakes, because 1) I love bananas and 2) I wanted to “pretend like it’s the weekend, now” as that one Jack Johnson song goes because the way my work week falls at this moment Tuesday is my Sunday aka pseudo-weekend on a weekday. Confused yet? Cool. Let’s talk pancakes.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes. Easy & Gluten-Free

    These wee babies are fluffy yet hearty, thanks to the creation of pseudo-buttermilk by combining almond milk + vinegar for a little bit of fluffy umpf, and the almond meal gives them a wonderful nutty flavor, reminiscent of banana bread with a density and satisfaction that will actually keep you full, unlike say, pancakes made with all-purpose flour.

    Easy Mini  Vegan Banana Pancakes. Gluten-Free

    I really loved these little guys. They are not only delicious, but adorable, and oh-so-dippable, which is an added bonus for me because I’m not a real adult yet and I really enjoy that sort of stuff / eating with my fingers. How sticky and delightful.

    Mini Vegan Banana Pancakes!  easy & gluten-free

    Make these wee ones and enjoy them plain, or with banana slices and maples syrup. Enjoy. Eat pancakes. Be happies. Go bananas.

    -Kbakes out!

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 m inutes
    Level: easy
    makes 16-18 mini pancakes, serves two

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup oat flour
    • 1/3 cup almond meal (can sub more oat flour)
    • 1/2 large (or 2/3 small) very ripe banana, mashed
    • 2/3 cup unsweetened nondairy milk (suggested: almond, coconut, soy)
    • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar (any kind will do; can also be omitted with slightly less fluffy results)
    • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter or coconut oil (can sub other nut butter or nondairy spread)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

    Directions:

    1. In a small bowl or glass, combine almond milk and vinegar and allow to curdle for a few minutes. This is optional, but making this pseudo-buttermilk increases fluffiness. 🙂

    2. In a large bowl, combine oat flour, almond meal, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add mashed banana and nondairy milk and stir gently until just combined.

    3. Heat electric griddle to about 300 degrees (temperature may vary greatly among griddles) or heat a small amount of non-dairy butter or coconut oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Allow to heat completely before cooking pancakes. When you flick water onto the griddle and hear a sizzle, it’s time to go.

    4. Place about 1 tablespoon of batter in small circles on the griddle. When the top begins to bubble and edges begin to brown slightly, flip pancake and cook on the other side. Each side should take approximately 60-90 seconds to cook.

    5. Serve with banana slices and/or real maple syrup. 🙂 Enjoy and dip away~!

    Cherry Almond Vanilla Granola

    Homemade granola makes me so happy. It’s so easy and fast and sounds impressive, but is a super quick thing to throw together and munch on all week long.

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan && Gluten-free

    I would categorize granola as something that definitely is worth making at home. There are certain things I think are definitely easier to buy. An example of this would be hummus and almond butter. I try my best, but I can never get the texture as good as the ones from Trader Joe’s. I’ll keep working on this. In the meantime, I’ll keep cranking out granolas by hand, whether they be of the Puppy Chow variety, Nutty Gingerbread Granola, or Carrot Cake Granola. Or, in this case, Cherry Almond Vanilla Granola:

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan & Gluten-free!

    But homemade granola is noticeably better than store-bought. First off, it just tastes so darn fresh and wonderful. It’s also easy to customize. I like that I can add a boatload of nuts because I like a  boatload of nuts in my granola. I can also make it extra-cinnamony and not-too-sweet. And it’s wonderful and perfect and has a magnificent crunch and makes the house (or studio apartment) smell absolutely wonderful. It’s actually a staple of mine to snack on and keep around the house, which is why when the Recipe Redux challenge for May was to share a DIY household kitchen staple, I knew I had to share a recipe for granola. Easy to make, more than worth the effort, and always a delightful snack to have on hand. Yums.

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan and Gluten-free

    Today I was running very low on maple syrup because my mom used like, all of mine without my knowledge. I try to remind myself that she paid for my food for 18 years of me growing which couldn’t have been cheap. But then I’m usually still sad because I am emotionally attached to all of my foods. Regardless, I ended up trying to use applesauce to replace some of the syrup. I actaully really liked the result. It gives it a nice texture and good clump-age (sounds sexy, right?) and acts as a wonderful binder without giving too much sweetness to the stuff. I’d do it again.

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan and Gluten-free!

    So in a way it ended up being a good thing that I was low on maple syrup. Except then I ended up at Trader Joe’s on an off day (again) which is getting embarrassing. Sometimes a girl just needs to get her homemade granola fix.

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan && Gluten-free

    So here we go with this Cherry Almond Vanilla Granola. It’s a great combination of flavors. I really love almonds and cherries and they pair together quite well. Vanilla adds a warmth and sweetness to tie it all together.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Bake Time: 30 minutes
    Level: Easy

    makes about 4 cups granola

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cups almonds  (I used slivered, because it was what I had, but you can use whatever)
    • 1/2 cup dried cherries
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup apple sauce
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub honey)
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    2. In a large bowl, combine oats, optional coconut shreds, and salt. Mix well.

    3. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, apple sauce, brown sugar, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix well.

    4. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and mix until well combine. The oats should all be a little wet. Transfer to a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet. Place into the oven for 30-35 minutes until nuts and oats have browned. Add cherries and almonds about 15 minutes into baking and mix well (this is optional, if desired you can add them from the get-go, I just prefer my nuts and dried cherries a little less toasted, especially if the nuts are slivered, but you can easily add them before baking). When it is done, it will still be sticky. Take it out of the oven anyways. It will harden as it cools. Enjoy 🙂

    Vanilla Cherry Almond Granola. Vegan & Gluten-free!

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