{Vegan & Gf} Fry Pan Granola

it's good to be back. this fry pan granola has been on the back burner for a while (hehe geddit?? okay i'll stop now) but i thought that since mother's day is just around the corner (as in next sunday the 10th of may)  and traditionally in the mckie residence - we celebrate with a breakfast, this granola recipe is something worth bringing to the table. if you look in some of the pictures, not only will you see my face in the reflection of the spoon, but you will also see i've stored it in possibly the most hipster jar ever - gift idea anyone?? 

there are officially 28 days until mid-year exams start, and whilst you folks in the northern  hemisphere are winding down for the year, we're only getting started. now despite the amount of people who've told me "oh don't worry, it's only year 10, you'll be fine" my subconscious has other ideas. I've spent the past two nights dreaming of astounding situations in which i could potentially find myself, that would result in hindering my exam success. 

but nonetheless, the metaphorical show must go on. as june first looms, my days are getting longer, nights shorter and what's left of my mental composure and sanity is no doubt hiding behind my pile of english palm cards. some days i feel as if all sense of logic has gone out the window, instead leaving me with an ever growing to-do list and a somewhat round-about way of plowing through it. rather than the organised methodical farmer plowing his fields, i'm the weary and positively deranged horse running in circles with a plow attached to his back followed by a farmer screaming profanities. but hey, either way the field gets plowed right? right?!?!!?

by this point you've no doubt lost all faith in my capabilities and have your finger drifting over the emergency services speed dial function on your phones, but let me tell you that in my drifting between realms of consciousness and underneath my piles of textbooks i had an epiphany. fry pan granola. now i've seen stove-top granola in a pot, traditional in the oven on a tray granola, but fry pan granola?  i mean it can't be that different can it? oh just you wait kids. this is next level stuff. in-a-pot granola involves washing a pot, melting butter, blah blah blah and in the oven granola involves mixing bowls and melting things seperately.....basically spending what could be study time on unnecessary processes.

instead with this recipe you literally chuck it all in a frypan, cook for 5-10 minutes and jar it. literally. that it all. no mixing bowls, no weird melting routines. just fry pan and serve.  

this mixture doubles and triples very nicely thanks to the measurements, but it depends on the size of your fry pan. if you do plan on increasing the batch size, i'd cook it on the hob in smaller quantities, to avoid burning and a longer cooking time. this mix stores really well and will keep for ages if kept airtight. also play around with adding spices or other dried fruits and nuts!!

fry pan granola {vegan & GF}

{makes about 2 large servings}


1 1/2 c oats

1/8 c chia seeds

1/8 c sesame seeds

1/2 c chopped dates

1/2 c chopped dried apricots 

1/2 c chopped walnuts

1/2 c chopped almonds

1/4 c pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

2 tsp cinnamon 

2 tsp sweet dukkah (optional)

2 tbsp honey/agave (if vegan)

1 tbsp coconut oil

let's go!

chuck everything except the honey and the coconut oil into a frypan on high heat. dry roast your mixture for 2-3 minutes until smelling yummy. 

turn the pan down to medium/low heat

add the honey/agave and coconut oil, mixing well until each ingredient is coated in a bit of both. continue stirring and cook for another 5 minutes or until oats become golden brown in colour. 

store in a sealed container in your pantry or serve. 

** if you're smelling burning take it off the heat immediately. it should not smell like that at all. 

happy (early) mother's day!! 

- jess x