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Oil Free Vegan Granola

Granola is a genius breakfast - it tastes absolutely delicious, and if you make a big batch of it you can have an instant healthy breakfast any day of the week. I’ve been having it lately either on its own with some nut milk for a quick breakfast, or using it to top my smoothie bowls which takes them to another level by adding a crunchy texture!

But the shop-bought versions of granola are nearly always made with a surprising amount of oil and can be way too sickly sweet. So I wanted to experiment with making an oil-free version to make it much healthier and at the same time reduce the calorie content, but make sure it still tastes incredible. Turns out adding oil to granola isn’t necessary at all! And the sugars in this oil-free vegan granola come naturally from the dates, cranberries, and a touch of maple syrup. If you like it a little sweeter you can always replace some of the water with additional maple syrup.

Give this a go and don’t forget to tag me on Intsagram if you do @Tj_waterfall - I’d love to see your recreations of this oil free vegan granola!

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Vegan Oil Free Granola Recipe

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup chopped dates

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

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Method:

Preheat the oven to 150C

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl (oats, walnuts, dates, cranberries, seeds, cinnamon. Then mix in the water and maple syrup o thoroughly combine everything.

Spread the mixture out onto a baking tray, and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until it’s golden brown all over. You should take the granola out every 10 minutes and give it a stir (it may require breaking up a little to ensure it’s nice and crumbly).

When it’s golden, take it out of the oven to cool. It may feel slightly soft while it’s still warm but don’t worry, it’ll get nice and crunchy as it cools.

You can store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 weeks.

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Nutrition (per serving):

  • Protein: 7.0g (Women: 14.0% / Men: 12.7%)

  • Iron: 2.0mg (Women: 13.5% / Men: 23.0%)

  • Calories: 306 (Women: 15.3% / Men: 12.2%)

  • Sugar: 19.8g (Women: 22.0% / Men: 16.5%)

  • Total Fats: 15.5g (Women: 22.1% / Men: 16.3%)

  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g (Women: 7.5% / Men: 5.0%)

  • Salt: 0.1g (Women: 1.7% / Men: 1.7%)

  • Fibre: 4.9g (Women: 16.3% / Men: 16.3%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

Vegan waffles recipe with quick blueberry sauce

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I have to admit, I’m definitely a creature of habit. I enjoy a routine, I often stick to my favourite shops, and I start most days with a smoothie. I just love them because they’re so versatile, so you can use whatever fruit and veggies you have in the fridge. Which means although I’m kind of having the same thing each morning, the ingredients pretty much change daily, so I do get a huge variety of nutrients every morning. See my article here for why else smoothies can be so healthy.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy it even more when I do branch out and make something a little different. That’s why I love weekends - you have a little more time to create something really special, like these vegan waffles. All you need is a waffle iron like this mini one from Urban Outfitters. And this vegan waffle recipe I’ve been working on really is the bomb. The waffles turn out golden and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy in the middle. They’re sweet but not overly, sickly sweet. They’re mega versatile too and make the perfect receptacle for holding onto lovely sauces, fruit, spices or nut butters. And guess what? By making these waffles vegan and with whole wheat flour, they have a fraction of the saturated fat (but all the flavour) of traditional waffles made with eggs and dairy.

My favourite sauce for these waffles is this super-quick and easy blueberry sauce. Keep some leftovers if you make it because it also goes brilliantly on porridge or swirled into smoothie bowls for a sweet touch.

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VEGAN WAFFLES RECIPE WITH QUICK BLUEBERRY SAUCE

Ingredients (makes 6 small waffles):

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

  • Small pinch of salt

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup soy milk

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

For the blueberry sauce (6 servings):

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp water

  • 1 tsp cornstarch

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Method:

Start by making the blueberry sauce. Tip the blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice into a pan and simmer over a low heat

In a small cup stir the water and cornstarch until smooth, then add to the blueberries

Simmer on a low heat for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened

Now turn on the mini waffle maker to heat up while you prepare the batter

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl

Add the soy milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until smooth

Pour a small ladle of the batter mixture into the hot mini waffle maker and cook for around 6-7 minutes until golden and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside

Once ready, remove the waffle and set aside on a wire rack while you cook the remaining waffles

Serve with the warm blueberry sauce, a portion of fresh fruit and a dollop of your favourite nut butter

Nutrition (per mini waffle with sauce):

  • Protein: 3.6g (women: 7.2% / men: 6.5%

  • Iron: 1.0mg (women: 6.8% / men: 11.5%)

  • Calories: 163 (women: 8.2% / men: 6.5%)

  • Sugars: 10.4g (women: 11.6% / men: 8.7%)

  • Total fats: 5.4g (women: 7.7% / men: 5.7%)

  • Saturated fat: 0.6g (women: 3.0% / men: 2.0%)

  • Salt: 0.1g (women: 1.7% / men: 1.7%)

  • Fibre: 3.6g (women: 12.0% / men: 12.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

My Go-To Green Smoothie

I can think of a hundred reasons why smoothies are such a great choice for breakfast. They're easy to take with you to have at work or on-the-go, they're quick to make, and they're delicious. But for me, the best part is just how incredibly good for you they can be. Check out my article on why smoothies can be so healthy and I'm pretty sure you'll be convinced!

In short, the extra portions of fruit and veg they help us consume have some incredible health benefits, including lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a lower risk of becoming overweight. Smoothies can also be really high in iron and protein, great news for vegans. And they're perfect for keeping hydrated. So start your day with a healthy smoothie and you'll stay on top of your game! 

Another great thing about smoothies is just how versatile they can be - you can switch up the ingredients depending on what you have in the fridge. This recipe for my go-to green vegan breakfast smoothie is a favourite but I often switch up the ingredients which helps to get a variety of nutrients and flavours each day. 

My go-to green vegan protein smoothie

My Go-To Green Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

Ingredients for my go-to green breakfast smoothie - vegan and high in protein

Method:

This bit is really simple. Wash / rinse everything, chop up any larger ingredients, and chuck everything into a blender, topping up with water then adding the protein powder (optional). Blend until smooth then enjoy your healthy green vegan smoothie right away or keep in the fridge for later in the day (may need a stir if leaving 'till later). 

Nutrition:

  • Protein: 14.5g (Women: 29.0% / Men: 26.4%)

  • Iron: 3.1mg (Women: 20.9% / Men: 35.6%)

  • Calories: 277 (Women: 13.9% / Men: 11.1%)

  • Sugars: 29.2 (Women: 32.4% / Men: 24.3%)

  • Total Fats: 3.1g (Women: 4.4% / Men: 3.3%)

  • Saturated Fat: 0.4g (Women: 2.0% / Men: 1.3%)

  • Salt: 0.3g (Women: 5.0% / Men: 5.0%)

  • Fibre: 9.9g (Women: 33.0% / Men: 33.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

Ingredients for my go-to breakfast smoothie - healthy, vegan and high in protein