This post was originally published here February 25, 2015. I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly. And I’ve updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes. This vegan, gluten-free granola is great for breakfast or snacking. I hope you try it out!
These first few days of January are some of my favorite days of the entire year. After two months of Holiday preparations, heavy work load and general overindulgence, it’s nice to bask in the stillness and quiet of the new year.
One thing I always do this time of year is clean and re-organize my kitchen pantry. It’s not based on any kind of resolution, per se. Just something that I like to consistently do. As you can imagine, I have a lot of food around here. And it can get a little overwhelming and unruly!
Now, I certainly don’t consider this Vegan Cashew Granola with Banana Chips, Cranberries and Cacao Nibs to be an “afterthought” recipe. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s conception was indeed brought on by a lot of “what should I do with this half eaten/partially torn bag/questionable jar of XYZ”.
So it’s a little of this. And a little of that. But you know, that’s exactly how I like my granola to be anyways. A few nuts, some dried fruit and a little bit of chocolate (of course!). It’s hard to pick a bad combination.
I like using this Vegan Cashew Granola with Banana Chips, Cranberries and Cacao Nibs to top my yogurt. And it’s good with milk, too. If you’re looking for more of a “snacking granola” that you can eat straight out of the jar, then I highly recommend trying my Super Chunky Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola. It’s got big pieces that you can really grab on to!
Vegan Cashew Granola with Banana Chips, Cranberries and Cacao Nibs
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsalted cashews
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, cashews, cacao nibs and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat, stir together the cashew butter, maple syrup and coconut oil. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and pour this liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until the dry ingredients are well coated and moistened.
- Spread the mixture out onto your prepared baking sheet. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove the baking sheet from your oven and let the granola cool to room temperature. Once cooled, stir in the banana chips and dried cranberries.
- The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
I hope you have a great time, Liz! This granola looks like the perfect snack to be munchin’ on. Love the combination of cashews and chocolate!
Thank you, Gayle!
Liz, oh my gawd, so fun!!! what a great group!!! and love this granola . . can’t go wrong with homemade granola, yo! and I love Theo Chocolates (I had the hook-up when I was living in Seattle!)
I know. Theo Chocolate is my favorite. I used to live less than 1 mile from the factory. It was a favorite pit stop (THE SAMPLES!). Luckily you can pretty much find it everywhere now.
Um, this granola, major. See you soon!!! xoxo
Yes indeed! XO
This is perfect snack/travel food, Liz. Have a great trip!!
Omg…yummy, yummy, yummy in my tummy tummy tummy! I love granola. Sometimes I make a batch for the week and eat it all right after I make it. #oops. And I am pretty sure when you said “Erin” was going with you on this trip…you meant Erin Weber…..me….did you forget to tell me? hhahaha! Have fun!!!
I’ll meet you there and I’ll bring granola! XO
Still can’t believe you’re going on such a fabulous trip. Ugh, jealous! Take so many pictures. Have fun! XO
Thanks, luv! Hugs!
Oh my gosh, Liz, this sounds so good! And I’m ALWAYS looking for healthy, satisfying snacks that I can take on the plane. This is now pinned to my new board (Leaving on a Jet Plane), inspired by your words/recipe. So thanks for that!! And have a blast on your vacay! Skiing + friends + food/drinks = the best of everything in life.
Oh I love it! Glad you were inspired!! XO
I second what Sarah said, so awesome and I’m totalllllly jealous! Have so much fun and I can’t wait to see pictures! Next time you are up for a getaway..I’m IN!
Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your down time! Loving this granola!
Thanks, Jen! Let me know if you try it out!
Your girls weekend sounds so fun! Utah is just beautiful this time of year. And they have some good snow! This granola looks perfect : )
Thanks, Natalie! It’s going to be great!
OMG have soooooo much fun! I love Utah, I love Park City, and I LOVE LOVE Deer Valley. Enjoy yourself! P.S. This granola looks amazing! xo
Thanks, Justine! It’s going to be good!
Mmm! Cashews are my absolute favorite. I could eat them every. single. day!
Me too! Well, all nuts actually. I want them ALL!
Soooooo you are bringing granola this weekend right? Can’t wait to see you!
Only 1 more day! Yeah!
Oh my gosh, what a great group of ladies!! You guys are going to have a blast!!!!!
Thanks, Nicole. It’s going to be great!
This granola recipe sounds fantastic! Plus granola is so great to adjust to your own tastes. Yum!
Yes, it’s so easy to make it your own by tossing in your favorite add-ins!
Oh my gosh your trip sounds awesome!! Have lots of fun!! and these need to come on the plane with me too 🙂
Have fun in Florida, Zainab. Yeah for sunshine and warmth!
I’m so ready for this weekend and to finally meet you. Plus you are bringing goodies.
I’m always bringing goodies! Ha ha! See you soon, Meagan!
Your getaway sounds like a blast, and this is one of the best snacks ever! Delicious sounding granola. 🙂
Thanks, Marcie! I hope you try it out!
Yesssss, hanger is the WURST especially on a flight!! I’m so totally all for a batch of this.
I can’t wait to see you, this is going to be such a great time!!
Hanger = no good. So gotta be prepared! See you soon!!!!
This will be the perfect in-air snack. I’m so jealous right now. Park City is amazing. Have fun!
Thanks, Jennie! Hugs!
WooHoo!!! A girls getaway! Nothing better! Good thing you whipped up some granola … so you can keep your energy levels up for all those shenanigans! This granola, Liz!!! The combination of chocolate, cocoa nibs, cashews and banana chips sounds sooooo delicious! I could use some right now!
Have a fabulous trip! Sounds like a blast!
Thank you, luv!!! XO
Cashews are criminally underrated. Have a great trip 🙂
Right? They are my FAV!!!
I love to bring homemade snacks too! This granola will be perfect- and healthy! Have a great trip!
Thank you, Emily!
What a great group! Have fun!!! And this granola looks incredible…love to know that you’re a fellow lover of Theo chocolate. My absolute favorite is the 85%
Thanks, Marissa! And yes, Theo is my FAVORITE. I used to live very close to the factory. It was a frequent stop for me!
Hooray, sounds like such a fun trip–have a safe and lovely holiday with your gal pals 🙂 And this granola looks DIVINE.
Thank you so much, Amy! XO
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I am packing this for my next flight!
That’s awesome to hear, Kari!
I’ve been spying all your photos! Looks like you ladies had ooodles of fun!!! You know how much I LOVE granola. Definitely one to keep in my back pocket!
Thanks! We had soooo much fun. Sad that it’s over now!
I’m not a fan of being hangry in an airplane (or anywhere either). Granola is my FAVE to take on trips. Yours looks incredible. Hope your ski trip was a blast!
Thanks, Aggie! It was a blast! Let me know if you try out the granola!
I hope you guys had an awesome time, Liz!! It looks like you guys ate lots of amazing food, especially those grilled cheese!! I need to get better at making my own snacks to take with me when I travel because I have a bad habit of eating gas station snacks!
Thanks, Izzy. It was a great trip! And yeah for homemade snacks!
Homemade snacks are definitely the way to go when traveling! This granola looks awesome!
Hope you had a fantastic trip! Sounds like such a fun time!
Thanks, Ashley! The trip was great!
Hope you had a great trip! I am also very vulnerable to becoming hangry…and this granola looks like the perfect solution! I love love love the chocolate/cashew combo, it looks amazing!
Hangry is the worst!! The trip was great, Denise. Thanks!
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Delicious update Liz! I’m loving the cashew butter here… and those crunchy bananas! I LOL about the food getting unruly! Same… my freezer is too full. I’ve gotta get it under control! Happy New Year to youuuu!