Easy Vegan “Crab” Cakes (GF)

Friends, forget about real crab cakes. These vegan crab cakes taste just like the real thing!
Jackfruit does it once again, creating the perfect flaky, fish-like texture, and chickpeas add some protein. Not only is the texture spot on, but they’re als…

Easy Vegan “Crab” Cakes (GF)

Friends, forget about real crab cakes. These vegan crab cakes taste just like the real thing!

Jackfruit does it once again, creating the perfect flaky, fish-like texture, and chickpeas add some protein. Not only is the texture spot on, but they’re also mega flavorful and crispy thanks to bread crumbs and a quick pan fry. These are NOT to be missed! Just 1 bowl required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Crispy Gluten-Free Graham Crackers (Vegan)

Behold: The ultimate vegan gluten-free graham cracker that’s easy to make, naturally sweetened, and tastes just like the real thing!
After several rounds of testing, we perfected the quintessential crunchy texture (that snaps!) and subtly sweet cinnam…

Crispy Gluten-Free Graham Crackers (Vegan)

Behold: The ultimate vegan gluten-free graham cracker that’s easy to make, naturally sweetened, and tastes just like the real thing!

After several rounds of testing, we perfected the quintessential crunchy texture (that snaps!) and subtly sweet cinnamon flavor. These graham crackers are perfect for snacking (dipped in peanut butter anyone?), s’mores, and beyond! Plus, just 1 bowl and 10 simple ingredients required.

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Mint Brownies

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Fudgy, rich and chocolatey, these mint brownies make a delicious holiday treat. They’re dusted with sugar and then drizzled with a peppermint icing. Perfect for a Christmas dessert! Brownies are one of my…

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Fudgy, rich and chocolatey, these mint brownies make a delicious holiday treat. They’re dusted with sugar and then drizzled with a peppermint icing. Perfect for a Christmas dessert! Brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Not only are they easy and quick to make, but they always turn out so indulgent. These 30-Minute Vegan Brownies...

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Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Looking for a lazy morning breakfast or on-the-go snack? These cherry almond granola bars are just the thing.
Nutritious oats, seeds, and flaked almonds are mixed with dates and tart dried cherries and coated in an almond-maple mixture.
The result is …

Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Looking for a lazy morning breakfast or on-the-go snack? These cherry almond granola bars are just the thing.

Nutritious oats, seeds, and flaked almonds are mixed with dates and tart dried cherries and coated in an almond-maple mixture.

The result is a perfectly sweet, chewy, wholesome bar of goodness with a hint of tartness that’s perfect for a light snack or healthier dessert.

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Next-Level PB&J Smoothie

Ever miss the classic taste of the PB&J sandwich of your childhood? I do — often. But I don’t always want a sandwich with all the bread. So, I remedied this problem with a smoothie. 
It hit me one day that if you make the strawberries int…

Next-Level PB&J Smoothie

Ever miss the classic taste of the PB&J sandwich of your childhood? I do — often. But I don’t always want a sandwich with all the bread. So, I remedied this problem with a smoothie. 

It hit me one day that if you make the strawberries into a compote first, it will intensify the “jam-like” flavors and send this 7-ingredient PB&J smoothie over the top. Hunch: correct. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Homemade Granola Bars

Do your kids go through snacks like crazy? My boys are constantly asking for snacks, they are always hungry. I try to always have homemade granola bars in the fridge for them to snack on. These granola bars are easy to make and made with basic pantry i…

Do your kids go through snacks like crazy? My boys are constantly asking for snacks, they are always hungry. I try to always have homemade granola bars in the fridge for them to snack on. These granola bars are easy to make and made with basic pantry ingredients. They are satisfying, sweet, and taste so…

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Cranberry Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

When fall sets in, there’s nothing quite as comforting as warming up with a bowl of oats.
This recipe brings autumnal flavors of cranberry and pumpkin into an incredibly delicious and wholesome breakfast! It will make you wish it was fall every d…

Cranberry Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

When fall sets in, there’s nothing quite as comforting as warming up with a bowl of oats.

This recipe brings autumnal flavors of cranberry and pumpkin into an incredibly delicious and wholesome breakfast! It will make you wish it was fall every day of the year. But who are we kidding- it doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy a bowl of creamy Cranberry Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats, does it?

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Seed Cycling Mixes (+ 10 Ways to Use Them)

Seed cycling. Ever tried it?
I first became aware of the idea that diet affects your menstrual cycle from the book WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, which (among other wonderful, helpful things) promotes eating certain foods during certain times of your cycle…

Seed Cycling Mixes (+ 10 Ways to Use Them)

Seed cycling. Ever tried it?

I first became aware of the idea that diet affects your menstrual cycle from the book WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, which (among other wonderful, helpful things) promotes eating certain foods during certain times of your cycle to improve hormonal health. Sign me up.

One simple application of this concept is seed cycling, which is essentially adding specific seeds to your diet at various times in your cycle to help optimize hormonal health.

Seed Cycling Mixes (+ 10 Ways to Use Them) from Minimalist Baker →

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

With as many beans as I eat, it’s about time I started using putting the aquafaba to good use. I’ve been playing around with aquafaba for the past couple of months and I think this Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola is my favorite use so far! The starchy bean water binds the granola into crunchy […]

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With as many beans as I eat, it’s about time I started using putting the aquafaba to good use. I’ve been playing around with aquafaba for the past couple of months and I think this Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola is my favorite use so far! The starchy bean water binds the granola into crunchy clumps, without the use of excessive oils and sugars, like traditional granola. And no, the end product doesn’t smell or taste like beans. 😅

Never heard of aquafaba? Scroll down for a little crash course…

A sheet pan of Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola next to a bowl with yogurt, banana, and granola, and a half eaten banana.

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is the slightly goopy water that usually gets discarded from a can of beans. The soluble starches from the cooked beans give this strange liquid surprising properties that allow it to be whipped like egg whites and act as a binder in food. Absolute liquid gold for people looking for a vegan substitution for eggs! While it can’t be used as a sub for eggs in every recipe, it works for quite a few.

I suggest using the liquid from canned chickpeas over any other bean. Chickpea aquafaba is the most neutral, or has the least amount of color and flavor. Definitely stay away from black bean or kidney bean aquafaba, as they’ll be dark in color. I have used aquafaba from cannellini beans before, but chickpea aquafaba definitely has less flavor.

What is Cream of Tartar?

Cream of tartar, or tartaric acid, is an acid in powder form, and is a good ingredient to keep stashed in the back of your pantry. It has a few unique uses in the kitchen, including being the secret ingredient that turns baking soda into baking powder. In this granola recipe, cream of tartar is used to stabilize the aquafaba and make it easier to whip into a dense foam. Without a pinch of cream of tartar it can take up to ten minutes to properly whip aquafaba. With cream of tartar it takes only about three minutes.

A bowl of yogurt with banana slices and Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola Substitutes and Options

This recipe is super flexible and can be a great way to use up leftover dry goods in your pantry. The spice mix and the grains, nuts, and seeds, can all be swapped out to match your preferences. 

When substituting the grains, nuts, and seeds in this recipe, just try to have about 3 cups total dry goods, in a ratio of about 2 cups grains to 1 cup nuts and seeds. Other nuts and seeds that you can use are: chia, sunflower, sesame, pecans, walnuts, or hemp. 

Sweeten it up!

I purposely made this Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola very low in sugar. You can increase the sugar amount to fit your taste buds (the uncooked granola is safe to taste). You can also substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar in this recipe, although it does make the mixture a bit more wet, resulting in a slightly longer baking time.

A sheet pan full of Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola with a large wooden spoon scooping it up.

This black and white splatter baking sheet is from Roveandswig.com.

 

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

Aquafaba (the leftover starchy water from canned beans) makes this Oil Free Granola super crunchy without using excessive amounts of oil and sugar! 

  • 1/2 cup aquafaba ($0.25)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar ($0.01)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ($0.16)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
  • 2 cups rolled oats ($0.33)
  • 1/4 cup oat bran ($0.18)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed ($0.12)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds ($0.48)
  • 1/4 cup pepitas ($.060)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger ($0.03)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves ($0.02)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add the aquafaba and cream of tartar to a bowl and use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to whip the aquafaba into stiff peaks. Once the aquafaba is whipped, add the vanilla extract and brown sugar, then whip for another 30 seconds, or until the brown sugar is dissolved into the foam.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat bran, ground flaxseed, almonds, pepitas, cinnamon, turmeric, ground ginger, and ground cloves. Stir until combined.

  4. Pour the oat mixture into the bowl with the whipped and sweetened aquafaba. Stir until the dry ingredients are completely coated in the aquafaba.

  5. Spread the granola mixture onto the lined baking sheet so that it is in a single layer and not piled too deep.

  6. Bake the granola for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and give it a gentle stir. Bake for 10 minutes more, and stir a second time. Bake 5 minutes more, or until the granola is dry and the edges are deep golden brown.

  7. Allow the granola to cool and then store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Love homemade granola? Check out my No Sugar Added Banana Nut Granola!

A sheet pan of Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola next to a bowl with yogurt and granola, and a half eaten banana.

Step by Step Photos

Pour aquafaba from the can of chickpeas into a measuring cup

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Pour the liquid from a can of chickpeas (aquafaba) into a measuring cup. You’ll need 1/2 cup of aquafaba. One 15oz. can of chickpeas usually has about 3/4 cup, so you should have plenty from one can.

Cream of tartar container held over the measuring cup with aquafaba

Adding a little cream of tartar (tartaric acid) helps make it a LOT easier to whip the aquafaba into a foam. Without the cream of tartar it can take a good ten minutes to whip the aquafaba, with cream of tartar it only takes about 3 minutes. So it’s worth it! Add 1/8 tsp cream of tartar to your aquafaba.

Aquafaba slightly whipped in a metal bowl with a hand mixer.

Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to begin whipping the aquafaba. I wouldn’t suggest trying to do this one by hand. The aquafaba will look foamy at first, but if you keep going…

Whipped aquafaba in a bowl with a hand mixer

Eventually it will whip into a creamy foam. It’s done when the beaters begin to leave a trail in the foam, like in the photo above.

Brown sugar and vanilla extract added to whipped aquafaba.

Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to the whipped aquafaba.

Sweetened whipped aquafaba in a metal bowl

Whip for another 30 seconds or just until the brown sugar is dissolved into the foam.

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola Ingredients in a bowl

In a separate bowl, combine your grains, nuts, seeds, and spices. I used 2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 1/4 cup ground flaxseed, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1/4 cup pepitas, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1/8 tsp ground cloves. Stir these together well.

Combine aquafaba and granola dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of whipped aquafaba and stir them together.

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola mixed together in the bowl

Stir until everything is saturated and slightly clumpy.

Oil Free Granola spread over the lined baking sheet.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment, then spread the granola mixture over the surface into a single even layer. BTW, this is a Crow Canyon Enamelware Rectangular Tray from Roveandswig.com.

Baked Oil Free Granola on the baking sheet

Bake the granola in the preheated 350ºF oven for 20 minutes, then give it a good stir. Bake for 10 more minutes and stir again. Then bake for a final 5 minutes, or until the granola is dry and it is deeply golden brown on the edges. Ovens can vary, so keep a close eye on it for those final 10 minutes or so.

Overhead view of the tray full of Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola with a wooden spoon scooping some up in the corner.

Let the granola cool completely, then store it in an air-tight container at room temperature.

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