Lentil granola! This spiced lentil granola takes a little more work than your typical oat granola, but it is worth it because not only is it grain-free, it's also packed with protein! It tastes earthy, but not weirdly savory as you might expect it to be. As it bakes, it will fill your home with the sweet aroma of cinnamon. Enjoy it just as you would any granola, on soy yogurt, almond milk, or just grab some right out of the jar.
Protein-Packed Spiced Lentil Granola [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 3 tbsp of your favorite liquid sweetener (agave/maple syrup/brown rice syrup, etc...)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of you favorite seeds or nuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Place the rinsed and drained lentils into a saucepan with boiling water. Boil until lentils until al dente, they should still have a good bite to them without being raw, about 5 minutes. Drain them as well as possible by using a sieve. Spread them out on a baking tray and leave them to cool become less steamy and a bit drier. Leave this for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the agave (or equivalent) into a mixing bowl with the spices, and stir it well.
- Pour in the cooled lentils and stir to coat everything evenly. Give the baking tray a quick rinse and dry, and line it with parchment or a silicone baking liner. Spread out your granola in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes. Take it out, stir it about. and spread it out again and bake another 15 minutes. Do this again after 10 minutes. Add in the nuts, if using, and then back in the oven for the last 10 minutes. It should take 40 minutes in total. You really want to get them properly crispy and dry.
- Once it is done the granola should be a beautiful golden color and smell like cinnamon. Turn the oven off, leave the door ajar and cool the granola in the oven, just to make sure it's properly dry.
- Once it is nice and cool, stir in your dried fruit and place in an airtight container.
You can play around with the spices, swapping it out for cacao powder or matcha, for example. You can be a bit more daring with cardamom, maybe. Add in a tablespoon or two of a nut butter into the mix before baking.