Here’s a recipe inspired by the granola recipe in The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It’s easy, vegan, healthy, and most importantly… crazy delicious.

What you will need: 
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 safflower or sunflower oil
1 cup raisins (or any other dried fruit)
1/2 maple sugar (if you don’t have maple sugar, use 1/4 cup of maple syrup)
1/2 lemon (squeezed)
4 tbsp cinnamon
a flat baking sheet
a big bowl (preferably non-stick, like stainless steel or plastic)
a spatula
a glass container or jar for storing your delicious creation
 

Pour all of the quick-cooking oats onto your baking sheet and spread them out evenly. Put them in the oven (preheated to 175 degrees) and bake for 10 minutes. While the oats are warming up, you’re going to mix all of your other ingredients in a bowl. Throw in your cup of raisins first and add 1/2 of safflower oil and 1/2 cup maple sugar. Then squeeze all of the juice from your 1/2 lemon into the mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon into the mixture to taste. You can add as much as you like, but don’t go too crazy – cinnamon is a pretty overpowering flavour. I like to add about 3-4 tablespoons.

Once your oats have baked for 10 minutes, take them out of the oven and pour them all into your bowl of tasty toppings. Stir until the oats are completely coated by the mixture. Now pour the contents of the bowl back onto your baking sheet and place in the oven for another 10 minutes. Once you’re done waiting impatiently, take your mouth-watering creation out of the oven. The oats should be sticky and kind of bunched up. Break them apart with a spoon or a knife until they crumble. The more your break them apart, the smaller your granola chunks will be.

And voilà! Rich and healthy homemade granola! I usually store mine in a glass mason jar and it lasts a good two weeks. You can eat it for breakfast by adding milk, sprinkle it on yoghurt for a quick snack, or add it to your favourite fruit.

By Sophia Loffreda

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About Sophia Loffreda

Sophia Loffreda is a Concordia Journalism graduate, based in Montreal. When she’s not writing or editing for TCP, she works at a Media company, and as a fitness trainer and freelance documentary filmmaker. A self-diagnosed television junkie, Sophia enjoys camera work, photography, layout design, and scriptwriting. She's also working on writing a sitcom with two of her closest and most sarcastic friends. One day they hope to be something like Shonda Rhimes or Tina Fey. Realistic, we know. For now, she’ll settle for reading her bible (Vanity Fair) and admiring genius (Woody Allen). Her other interests include art, pop culture, travel, cooking, reading, soccer, yoga, and running with her four-year-old dog, Charlie.

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