Proper Healthy Granola

Plant-based eaters can enjoy a healthful and satisfying snack with Dreena Burton’s recipe for Proper Healthy Granola that includes oats, rice cereal, nuts, seeds, dairy-free chocolate chips, raisins, and more! Eat as is, use it as a topping on fruit, or try it in our tasty Strawberry Parfait.


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free for that option)
  • 1 cup natural rice crisp cereal*
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup white chia seeds, ground
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons almond (or other nut) butter**
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon agar powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • PREP TIME 15
  • COOK TIME 20
  • Serves 3-4


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a small baking sheet (or square oven pan) with parchment paper.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the syrup, vanilla, agar and nut butter over medium-low heat. Stir and gently heat through, without boiling.  Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pecans (if using),  raisins, chocolate chips (if using), and cinnamon.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir well, until the mixture holds together when pressed with the back of a spoon.
  5. Quickly transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet or pan and spread it evenly with your hands or a spoon.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  7. Let granola cool and transfer it to an airtight container.
  8. Eat straight, use it to top fresh fruit, or prepare a Strawberry Parfait.

Note: This recipe can also be used to make granola bars. In Step 5, transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined 8×8 baking pan and press down to flatten. Bake 17-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. After removing them from the oven, use a serrated knife to score the bars, cutting about half way through to make them easier to cut when chilled. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer or refrigerator.


Note: Ingredients have been adapted from Dreena Burton’s original recipe.

*I use Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal, Whole Grain.

**Nut butter should be free of added sugar, oil or salt.