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5-Minute Stovetop Granola

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free stovetop granola is ready in just five minutes. Just stir occasionally to toast everything on your stovetop. Allow to completely cool and clump together before enjoying. This easy recipe is flexible, so feel free to have fun and add your own special twist! You could add things like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chia seeds, flaxseed, your favorite dried fruit or any nuts or seeds you need to use up in your pantry.


  • 1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup*
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 cups oats (I prefer gluten-free quick cooking oats for better clusters)
  • 1 cup nuts or seeds (I used 1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup raw slivered almonds)**
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (I use 1/3 cup dried cherries + 1/3 cup dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Heat a large pan (I use this white ceramic non-toxic, non-stick one) on the stove over medium heat. Add vegan butter and maple syrup and cook until slightly bubbly. This takes about 1 minute or less.
  2. Add the oats, nuts/seeds, salt and cinnamon (if using) and stir to fully coat with the melted butter and maple syrup.
  3. Continue cooking for about 3-4 minutes until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts turn golden brown and smell fragrant. I usually turn the burner to low heat toward the end of the cooking process.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the dried fruit and vanilla (if using). Let the granola cool completely before enjoying or storing. I like to push the granola into a pile in the center of the pan so that it dries in clumps for granola clusters. Once the granola is completely cooled it will become crunchy. The longer you can let it cool (without touching it) the better results.
  5. Serve with cold plant milk or plant yogurt along with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


* The more maple syrup you use the clumpier it will be. So, if you really want the big clusters of granola then go for 1/2 cup maple syrup. It will obviously be sweeter so if doing this I recommend pairing with unsweetened yogurt or unsweetened milk.

** If using large nuts such as pecans or walnuts, chop them roughly with a knife.

  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Breakfast

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