As a vegan, I can usually find something on a restaurant menu that fits my dietary requirements. With the exception of breakfast. I have found very few restaurants that have any options for vegans other than toast and oatmeal. By oatmeal, I mean a giant bowl of plain oatmeal with maybe a few raisins and brown sugar on the side. Boring and yucky. So rather than get grumpy about it, I come prepared! I take an individual packet of Justin's almond butter or NutZo, a small container of fresh berries, a little bag of flax seed meal AND a little bag of my delicious homemade granola. I order the restaurant oatmeal and dump all my goodies into it. Problem solved! Here is my granola recipe:
4 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw, organic almonds
1 cup raw, organic walnuts
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all together in a big bowl. Then add:
1/3 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup date syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup
Mix together and pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet with a rim (not a cookie sheet). Spread out the granola so it's in an even layer.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take the pan out and gently stir the granola and then spread it out again. Put it back in the oven and turn the oven OFF. Leave it in the oven at least 6 hours. I usually leave it overnight.
In the morning, add 1 cup of your favorite dried fruit. I switch it up between cranberries, blueberries and cherries. Mix well and put it in an airtight container. It will last on the counter or cupboard about 4 weeks.
NOTE: Feel free to use a different combination of nuts. Just make sure they are raw. This is not a super sweet granola so if you like it sweeter just add more maple or date syrup.