While going vegan for any reason may limit some of your options, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a healthy and tasty breakfast.
Making your vegan granola is a lot less complicated than you might think. Instead of replicating sausage, cheese, and eggs in the morning, switch over to easy and fresh vegan granola.
1. Chocolate Granola by Elephantastic Vegan
Finding vegan chocolate recipes can be hard, but this chocolate granola from Elphantastic Vegan proves that it certainly isn’t impossible. This simple granola can be created with four pantry staples, plus delicious vegan chocolate chunks for a little extra sweet treat.
This recipe calls for coconut oil, so make sure to heat it to liquid before mixing it into your granola. Once baked in the oven for about 20 minutes, your granola will come out crunchy and covered in chocolate, perfect for mornings when you need a bit of a healthy pick-me-up.
2. Vegan Granola Cups by Crazy Vegan Kitchen
If you find yourself tired of eating the same granola every morning, try these vegan granola cups by Crazy Vegan Kitchen. Not only are they vegan, but they’re also prepped and ready to eat in just one hour. These granola cups require no baking and are topped with vegan chocolate for a hint of sugar.
All you need to make vegan granola cups are two cups of homemade vegan granola (use any of the recipes on this list), mixed seeds like sunflower or pumpkin, maple syrup, and nut butter. After freezing, these cups make a fun snack or an easy on-the-go breakfast.
3. Banana Bread Granola by Simply Quinoa
This vegan, oil-free banana bread granola is just right for you if you love banana bread. Made with six ingredients, this recipe is ideal for using up your overripe bananas. It makes enough servings for almost a month of breakfasts and snacks and is prepped, baked, and ready to serve in under an hour.
To make the recipe gluten-free as well as vegan, choose gluten-free oats. The recipe calls for a cup of chopped walnuts, which you can replace with fruit if you want a nut-free meal. Add tahini and maple syrup to the banana-oats mixture, bake, and voila, banana bread granola!
4. Peanut Butter Granola by Joy Food Sunshine
This peanut butter granola is one of the healthiest recipes on the list. It’s vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugars, oil-free, and most importantly crunchy and flavorful. Before baking your granola, heat the maple syrup and peanut butter until they’re combined, then add oats, spices, and vanilla.
Not only is peanut butter granola a healthy breakfast alternative, but it’s also quick and easy to make. Altogether, the granola takes about 25 minutes to prep and combine and 35 minutes to cook. After it’s baked, serve it over your favorite yogurt, smoothie bowl, or cottage cheese.
5. Crunchy Vegan Granola by From My Bowl
The best part of granola is the crunch, and this crunchy vegan granola from From My Bowl doesn’t disappoint. Made with nine plant-based ingredients, this granola clusters easily, making it the perfect breakfast cereal with plant milk, or an ideal midday lunchbox snack with nut butter or a bowl of fruit.
It only takes 30 minutes to make and includes nut butter, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and more. Far from regular, you can add vegan chocolate chunks or the fruit of your choice to this granola recipe to spice things up.
6. Cinnamon Granola by Maria’s Search for Happiness
Cinnamon granola can be enjoyed year-round, but it’s especially delicious in the fall and around the holiday season. This recipe is free of animal products, oil, and refined sugar, and can be made in less than 25 minutes. While it only requires six ingredients, cinnamon granola packs a punch of flavor.
Mix a cup of oats (gluten-free if needed), maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Then add a hefty amount of cinnamon and chopped nuts of your choice. Once everything is mixed together, spread the mixture on an oiled baking sheet and press the granola flat and together.
7. Vanilla Almond Granola by The Honour System
Vanilla granola has quickly become very popular, and after tasting this vegan vanilla almond granola by the Honour System I can see why. This granola is a perfect addition to your morning latte and is delectable and served in clusters over milk or eaten dry as a snack with fruit or nut butter.
To make this granola, mix almond butter (or the nut butter of your choice) with maple syrup and heat it until it’s smooth and liquid. The key to this recipe is the ½ teaspoon of vanilla that you’ll add to the liquid mixture before combining it with your oats and spices.
8. Trail Mix Granola (Bars) by Walder Wellness
This trail mix granola recipe can be turned into regular vegan granola or easy no-bake vegan granola bars. Either way, it’s a recipe you won’t want to forget. On top of being completely vegan, this recipe is full of fiber and healthy fats and is made from gluten-free ingredients.
If you simply want trail mix granola, after mixing your ingredients, bake the granola for around 15 minutes. If you want to take a wack at these vegan granola bars, spread and press your mixture out on a baking sheet before letting it cool in the freezer for at least two hours or overnight.
9. Cinnamon Crunch Granola by One Green Planet
This sugar-free, oil-free crunchy cinnamon granola is an ideal breakfast cereal, delicious over plant-based milk, on top of a smoothie or acai bowl, or over yogurt or cottage cheese. It makes four servings in less than an hour of prep and baking time and only needs seven vegan ingredients.
The recipe calls for tahini, which can add a nutty flavor while keeping the recipe free of peanut, almond, or other nut butter. If you’re looking to keep the recipe nut-free, try swapping almonds out with dried fruit, coconut flakes, or nubs of vegan chocolate.
10. Super Chunky Coconut Granola by Minimalist Baker
Speaking of coconut, this super chunky coconut granola makes a great crunchy breakfast cereal and tastes delicious over yogurt or a fruit parfait. The recipe takes less than forty minutes to assemble and bake and makes 13 servings that can be easily stored and frozen for later.
Before making this recipe, make sure you have coconut sugar and flakes on hand, as this is what gives the granola its signature flavor. Combined with coconut oil, chopped almonds and pecans, sea salt, maple syrup, dried fruit, and vanilla, these chunky coconut clusters also make a great snack.
11. Easy Granola Clusters by Gimme Some Oven
While loose granola makes a great snack and is perfect for a smoothie bowl or a bag of trail mix, granola clusters are the way to go if you want granola for breakfast. Instead of making a bag or bowl full of unattached granola, make tightly packed granola clusters instead!
These easy granola clusters by Gimmie Some Oven are easy to make and require ten ingredients. The key to the clusters is to tightly press the granola together before baking and letting it cool for as long as possible afterward. Then, simply break off granola clusters in whatever sizes you like.
12. Maple Pecan Granola by Mindful Avocado
This maple pecan granola by mindful avocado is healthy with a hint of sweetness and includes functional fats and fibers to promote gut and heart health. The granola will last in the pantry or freezer for weeks and can easily be modified with suggestions to make it gluten or nut-free.
The flavor in this recipe comes from vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves. The granola has a strong flavor due to the cloves and cinnamon, and the flaxseed is full of positive antioxidants. Cook the granola at a lower temperature for longer to create clusters.
13. Easy Pumpkin Granola by Eating Bird Food
This easy pumpkin granola by Eating Bird Food is sweet and savory and perfect for the fall season or anytime year-round. The recipe is vegan and gluten-free and includes a hint of sugar making it a seasonal sweet treat. Head to the store for pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree if you don’t have any at home.
Combine the puree and pie spices with rolled oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vegan chocolate chips, and bake at a low temperature for about 50 minutes. Since the granola only takes 10 minutes to mix, you can complete the entire recipe and clean up in only one hour.
14. Nutty Date and Orange Granola by Early Brawd
This savory nutty date and orange granola by Early Brawd is a wonderful addition to soups, breakfast spreads, or on top of a bowl of fresh fruit. The recipe is entirely vegan, has a high nutritional value, and includes rich flavors and healthy fibers, and a touch of citrus.
The granola is made up of delectable ingredients, including roasted hazelnuts, dates, and rice flakes to give the snack its signature crunch. It also includes the orange zest, which brings a pop of flavor to the granola and compliments the sweetness of the applesauce.
15. Coconut Granola by The Toasty Kitchen
Homemade coconut granola is a staple in any vegan kitchen. This is a beautifully simple vegan coconut granola recipe, and it can be mixed, pressed, and baked in just 35 minutes. Combining classic granola ingredients with unusual flavors makes this recipe stand out best.
Along with the expected rolled oats, cinnamon, coconut oil, and maple syrup, this recipe calls for unsweetened coconut flakes, unsalted sunflower seeds, and a lot of cardamoms. The cardamom gives the granola a slightly spicy, herbal flavor, and it combines brilliantly with cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut.
16. Vanilla Tahini Granola by Upbeet and Kaleing
Tahini is a fantastic substitute for peanut butter or other nut butter, and that’s the flavor it lends to this delicious vanilla tahini granola by Upbeet and Kaleing. Tahini has a very strong flavor, which means you can use less in your granola recipe than you would for peanut or almond butter.
Combined and baked, this granola is so tightly pressed that it could easily make clusters or even granola bars. The recipe makes four servings and cooks quickly in just 22 minutes. Combined with the tahini, vanilla extract, vegan butter, and rolled oats are hemp and sunflower seeds.
17. Quinoa Crunch Granola by The Oregon Dietitian
This recipe by the Oregon Dietitian takes granola to a whole new level and still tastes fantastic. Using quinoa, a healthy rice alternative full of antioxidants, this recipe seamlessly upgrades the crunch of your breakfast cereal without losing any of the hearty ingredients, flavors, or spices.
When you combine your normal granola ingredients, coconut oil, maple syrup, oats, and cinnamon, add one cup of dry quinoa to the mix. Once your granola is combined and ready for baking, press it down on a baking sheet and leave it in the oven for 25 minutes, then let it cool and enjoy!
18. Grain-Free Chocolate Granola by Feasting on Fruit
While most granola is made with oats or other grains, grain-free granola can be equally delicious, and this recipe is a must-make. Leaving out the grains, the recipe calls for walnuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds, plus coconut flakes, vanilla, and various spices.
Unlike most grain-based granolas, this recipe can be made in the oven or on the stovetop and takes significantly less long to cook either way. Molasses adds a hint of sweetness to the granola without overpowering the savory flavors, and cacao powder lends a rich, chocolatey taste.
19. Ginger Turmeric Granola by My Quiet Kitchen
This ginger turmeric granola is free of unnatural oils or refined sugar and has a unique taste that blends savory and sweet spices. It preps and mixes in just 10 minutes and then cooks slowly at 320° for 30 more minutes before yielding eight servings of spectacularly crunchy granola.
The recipe for ginger turmeric granola includes homemade granola staples, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. On top of that, it calls for brown rice syrup, ground ginger turmeric, and nutmeg, plus a cup of unsweetened dried coconut flakes. Mixed, the granola is a salty yet sweet treat, perfect for early mornings.
20. Coconut Chia Granola by Roots and Radishes
Chia seeds not only add a bit of extra crunch to granola, but they’re also high in fiber and contain vital antioxidants that can help protect your body against ailments like heart disease. In this recipe, they add flavor and crunch when combined with coconut flakes and baked rolled oats.
The recipe calls for a small amount of vanilla extract and maple syrup for sweetness. Also included are salt, flour, coconut oil, and cinnamon. You can omit the flour or substitute gluten-free flour and oats if you’re gluten-free. This recipe yields four cups of healthy, tasty, crunchy granola.
21. Chocolate Hazelnut Granola by Crowded Kitchen
Never fear, chocolate hazelnut granola by Crowded Kitchen is 100% vegan and contains no gluten, and is just as delicious as it sounds. Using the flavors found in Nutella, this dairy-free alternative granola is a mouthwatering treat that can soothe your sweet tooth without worrying your dentist.
This recipe calls for chocolate hazelnut butter or spread, and there are many vegan varieties you can pick up at your local grocer. Additionally, it asks for unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped pecans, hazelnuts, and freeze-dried raspberries to add just a hint of candy. Once baked, this recipe serves about 10-12 helpings of granola.
22. Vegan Protein Granola by Namely Marly
Working out in the early morning shouldn’t stop you from getting in a healthy meal, and this granola is here to prove just that. This granola will get you pumped up and ready to take on your day using plant-based protein powder. Plus, it’s great for snacking and is high in fiber.
Included in the recipe are many healthy fats, fibers, and proteins. Walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds all make their way into the mix, plus ground flaxseed and dried or dehydrated fruit like mango or cranberries. This mixture makes hearty granola, combined with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and agave nectar.
23. Air Fryer Vegan Granola by My Forking Life
Like most modern recipes, you can also make homemade vegan granola using an air fryer. That can save you a significant amount of time and often removes the need for cooking oil, making the recipe even healthier. Your cook time will depend on the exact air fryer you’re using, but most will cook granola in 15 minutes or less.
While mixing your ingredients, pre-heat your air fryer so it will be hot when you add your granola. The recipe calls for old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup, and you can add any other things you’d like. I recommend walnuts, white chocolate chips, or dried cranberries.
24. Maple Almond Butter Granola by Short Girl Tall Order
This eight-ingredient granola is hearty enough to be a meal on its own and light enough to taste great on top of a smoothie or parfait. It’s easy to make, with maple syrup, almond butter, and sliced almonds combined with rolled oats, vanilla, unsweetened coconut oil, ground cinnamon, and salt.
Make sure to heat the almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil a bit before mixing so they can incorporate before you add your dry ingredients. If you’re looking to meal prep, granola stores in the fridge for three weeks, and in the freezer for three months.
25. Pistachio Granola by Blissful Basil
This pistachio granola recipe comes together in just 10 minutes and only requires six ingredients to make. Most notably, it’s our quickest granola yet and only requires two minutes to mix and eight minutes to bake in the oven before it’s crispy, crunchy, and golden brown. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
After melting your coconut oil and maple syrup together, add the rolled oats, shelled pistachios, sea salt, and cinnamon to the mix. Stir gently to make sure the wet mixture has combined with the dry, and then pack it onto a baking tray and press it down. After eight minutes, you’ll have sweet and salty granola for a midday snack or morning meal.
Easy Vegan Granola Recipes, Final Thoughts
From maple to ginger turmeric, there are plenty of easy vegan granola recipes that are simple to make and quick enough to throw together before work in the morning.
Are you in the mood for something fast and tasty? Try one of these vegan granola recipes on top of your morning smoothie – you won’t regret it!