Extra lumpy coconut walnut cashew sunflower seed granola that happens to be paleo and vegan!
Get a load of this cluster!
Ain’t no skirting the issue, my granola comes with a little junk in the trunk. As in, it’s got a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’. You guys, it’s super chunky! I’m of the opinion that the bigger the cluster, the better, and I have a feeling you share my cluster of sentiments.
Almost a year ago, I posted a recipe for Paleo Granola, and you all took it viral. In point of fact, it continues to be one of my most popular recipes on this site. Turns out, you not only luuuurve granola, but you enjoy it grain-free and naturally sweetened (paleo-style). How could you not? The fungry monster’s all about nutty nuggets of crunchy bliss.
Anyhoo, Saturday morning, I woke up all hot to trot with a massive craving for granola, so I figured I’d shake out Paleo Granola v. 2.0. And lemmejussayrightnow: bueno.
If you made my first paleo granola recipe, you know my secret to making UUUUGE granola clusters is using an egg white and honey. Being cognizant of my vegan readers, I changed the recipe up and used a flax “egg” (ground flax seed mixed with water) instead of an egg white, and replaced the honey with pure maple syrup. BOOM: vegan paleo granola! The flax “egg” worked magically, and I ended up with clusters the size of my palm!
“My granola clusters are too big,” said no body ever.
There are plenty of substitutions you can make in order to you-ify this recipe. You can use almonds instead of cashews, pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds, raisins instead of dried cranberries, etc., etc., etc., amen. Shoot, I bet you can even use molasses instead of maple syrup and turn this into a gingerbread flavored granola! I make my granola only mildly sweet, so for a sweeter granola, simply add more maple.
My favorite way of consuming granola is with almond milk and fresh fruit, but you can also take the yogurt route, or munch on the dang thing dry. So much crunch, so many options.