The vegan world is all aflutter over Oprah’s 7 Day Vegan Challenge episode that aired yesterday.
My favorite part of the show was when Kathy Freston referred to her husband as “vegan-ish” and said, “It’s not my business to tell anyone how to eat. He lets me be me and I let him be him.”
I feel the same way when it comes to my own relationships. When I met my husband, he was a meat eater. Over time he chose to be vegetarian on his own, with zero pressure from me. I promise. You can ask him. He reached the decision and announced it to me all on his own almost a year ago.
I’ve never pressured him to be vegan and I try to approach this blog the same way. I appreciate Oprah pointing out to her millions of viewers that you should only be as vegan as you want to be. You can “lean into it.” You can do Meatless Mondays. You can go dairy free but not meat free. Or you can eat meat every single day but also make a conscious effort to also eat more vegetables and whole grains and less processed foods. All of these are great things.
Want to see another great thing?
One thing I know for sure is that vegans and non-vegans alike will love this granola. It has berries. And sunflower seeds. And chocolate chips!
Eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Pour almond milk over top of it, sprinkle it over soy yogurt or shove a handful in a sandwich bag and stick it in your pocket for later.
It doesn’t disappoint.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 3/4 cup roasted cashews
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup milled flax seed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together your oats, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, vegetable oil and salt.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix well and pour into two baking pans.
I used a 9×13 and 8×8 pan because it’s what I happened to have on hand. You can use any combination of pans that you want, just make sure that your layer of granola is about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ high.
Place your pans in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring your granola every 15 minutes.
Don’t forget to stir or your granola might cook unevenly or burn.
Remove the pan(s) from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely. Once cool, stir in the cherries, berries and chocolate chips.