This granola bowl is a simple, vegan meal prep breakfast to try at home. Just combine dairy-free yogurt alternative, Vanilla Maca Nut Granola, and sliced fresh fruit to make an exciting morning meal that's ready to eat any day of the week.
(This post is sponsored by So Delicious. As always, all opinions are my own.)
Are you someone who struggles to make time for breakfast in the morning? One big thing that's helped me is working a little meal prep into my routine.
Making food ahead of time is especially helpful for the early morning hours when you might be in a hurry to get to school or work or just feel like you don't have the energy to cook a full breakfast from scratch.
This vegan granola bowl is made with my favorite dairy-free yogurt alternative from So Delicious®. As a part of Danone North America, So Delicious is a proud part of the B Corp™ movement committed to high environmental and social standards. Their Vanilla Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative is my go-to for all sorts of sweet vegan breakfasts.
In this recipe, I topped off the yogurt alternative with vanilla maca nut granola, fresh fruit, and dried coconut for a make-ahead morning meal with other plant-based ingredients.
Ready to try it? Here's what you'll need to make this vegan granola bowl at home.
- Banana (ripe)
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
- Old-fashioned rolled oats
- Macadamia nuts
- Maca root powder
- So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Coconumilk Yogurt Alternative
- Fresh fruit (such as banana and strawberries)
- Coconut flakes or shredded coconut for garnish
What is Maca?
Maca is a root vegetable that grows in South America, especially the highlands of the Peruvian Andes.
More research is needed, but maca is being studied both as an adaptogen and nutraceutical. Researchers are studying whether maca could potentially work as an adaptogen to increase stress resilience, and also whether it supports fertility and helps reduce the risk of specific diseases.
Here in the United States, maca is typically sold as a dry, beige/cream-colored powder with a nutty aroma and flavor. Look for maca powder in the supplement or health foods section of your grocery store. It's also available online.
How to Make Vanilla Nut Maca Granola:
With minimal effort, you can bake your own granola in just about 45 minutes.
First, mash a ripe banana in a large mixing bowl. (Use a bowl that will be large enough to fit the remaining ingredients so you don't have extra dirty dishes.) Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir with the banana until evenly mixed.
Next, add the dry ingredients. To the bowl, pour in dry oats, macadamia nuts, maca root powder, cinnamon, and salt, and stir until it's all well mixed.
Spread the granola mixture on an unlined, rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes, pausing to stir halfway through (at about 20 minutes). The granola is done when it turns golden brown on the edges.
Once finished, remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir, and allow the granola to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. It will continue to get crispier as it cools, so don't worry if it feels a little soft right out of the oven.
Make the Granola Bowl
To prep the granola bowl, first, divide the yogurt alternative between four small bowls (about ¾ cup in each). Spoon the cooled granola and fresh fruit on top of each bowl of yogurt alternative. Garnish with coconut flakes or shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup if you'd like.
Meal Prep and Storage
This is a great vegan breakfast recipe for meal prep. Once fully cooled, store the granola in an airtight container and put it in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Cover and store the fully prepared yogurt alternative bowls in the fridge for up to a week. (I like to transfer them into glass jars with lids for on-the-go eating.)
Store the granola separate from the yogurt alternative for a crunchier texture. When it's all stored together, the granola will soften and taste more like overnight oats. (Also delicious!)
Ingredient Substitutions and Serving Suggestions
- If you can't find maca, substitute cocoa powder to make chocolate granola instead.
- In place of strawberries and bananas, substitute raspberries, blueberries, grapefruit wedges, or pineapple chunks. Use frozen fruit (thawed) or canned fruit (drained) if desired.
- Instead of macadamia nuts, substitute almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pecans.
- Use agave nectar instead of maple syrup. Honey also works if you don't need the recipe to be vegan.
Best Recipes to Serve With
- Spiced Oat Milk Latte
- Toasted Coconut Iced Matcha Latte
- Mushroom Bean Avocado Toast
- Spicy Tempeh Bacon Sweet Potato Hash
- Berry Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Vanilla Maca Nut Granola Bowl
- rimmed baking sheet
- ½ cup mashed ripe banana (1 medium)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts
- 2 tablespoons maca root powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups So Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Coconumilk Yogurt Alternative
- Fresh fruit (such as sliced banana and strawberries)
- Coconut flakes or shredded coconut for garnish (optional)
- Maple syrup for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stir banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add oats, macadamia nuts, maca root powder, cinnamon, and salt, and stir until evenly mixed.
- Spread the mixture on an unlined, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, pausing to stir halfway through (after 20 minutes of baking), or until the edges are golden brown.
- Remove baking sheet from the oven, stir, and allow granola to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Granola will continue to crispen as it cools.
Prepare Yogurt Bowls:
- Divide yogurt alternative between four bowls (¾ cup each). Top with cooled granola and fresh fruit. Garnish with coconut flakes and maple syrup if desired.
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