March 16, 2020

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola is loaded with plant-based superfoods and savory spices for a crunchy, sweet, spicy snack. Plant-based, oil-free, sugar-free.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

It's been a while since I posted a granola recipe.

Well, actually not that long. It just feels super long for me because granola recipes don't require a lot of testing, so it's really easy for me to throw together a recipe and get it on the blog really fast.

And then I get on a granola kick and make like 5 granola recipes in one week. But of course I can't post only granola recipes for an entire month. So I space them out. And then I don't eat granola until I need another granola recipe on the blog.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

This recipe is the first granola recipe I've made since a 'granola break'. The recipe I posted in January I actually made in September. I had to wait that long to post it because I had another granola recipe that I posted in October, and then the holidays happened, and then I graduated college. So things got busy.

But anyway. Here I am after a long granola hiatus (for me) and a short granola hiatus (for you) posting this INCREDIBLE recipe.

Running a blog, it's my job to explain how delicious each of my recipes are. Because you obviously can't tell how they taste just by looking at the pictures. But I am extra serious when I talk about this granola.

I cannot get over the flavor profile. Of course, like regular granola, it is sticky and sweet and crunchy. But it's got a ton of savory spices in it that create a robust flavor. AND it has a kick of spice that perfectly complements the sweetness.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

I've been trying to solicit more feedback from people that aren't me about my recipes. I brought this Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola to some of my friends and they ate it up so quickly. That's when I know it's a good one.

Not to mention how much of it I was snacking on as I baked it and photographed it. It took so much self control to not just eat all of it before I got the pictures I needed. Especially those pics where I have a huge chunk in my hand. Huge temptation to just shove that in my mouth. But I resisted for the pretty pictures.

Gosh, now I want some granola just typing this. Too bad it's all gone now.

Let's talk ingredients though. Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola is pretty loaded. I threw a bunch of 'superfood' ingredients in it. It's fun to have some different textures and tastes.

More variety = more nutrition. (And more flavor!)


  • Rolled Oats
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pecans
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Spices: Paprika, Turmeric, Garlic Powder, Salt, Cumin, Cayenne, Cloves
  • Date Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses

Yeah, the list is a bit longer than my other granola recipes, but it's worth it. The savory spices add so much flavor.

The good news is that despite the longer list of ingredients, it's still very quick and easy to bake the granola.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola Ingredients

How to bake Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

Step 1. Preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Don't leave the parchment paper out. The granola will stick to the pan if you don't use parchment. And that's not fun.

Step 2. Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add in the date syrup, date sugar, and molasses. Note that if you prefer a granola without any added sugar you can use entirely date syrup. Alternatively, if you don't have date syrup and want to use all maple syrup, you can do that too. Both options work well.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola Dry Ingredients

Step 3. Stir the wet ingredients in until all the oats are coated.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola Ingredients Mixed

Step 4. Spread onto the pan and bake.

Step 5 . After 20 minutes, take the granola out of the oven. It may not seem done at this point, but the secret is that you need to let the pan sit for a few minutes.

As the granola cools it will get super crunchy. But it won't do this if you try to eat it right away. So be patient!

After about 10 minutes, the granola might still be warm but it should be crunchy and chunky. Break the chunks apart and enjoy!

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola On Pan

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for new experiences. Thank you for the love that we can show each other through food. Amen.

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

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Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola

Sweet Spicy Vegan Granola is loaded with plant-based superfoods and savory spices for a crunchy, sweet, spicy snack. Plant-based, oil-free, sugar-free.















  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/4 Cup Date Syrup*
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup*
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (and all the spices) in a medium bowl. Add the date syrup, maple syrup, and molasses. Stir until all the oats are coated.
  3. Spread the mixture on the prepared pan and bake for 20-35 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before breaking into chunks. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can use all date syrup or all maple syrup and achieve a very similar granola.

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography