VZ 202: Good Grief, It’s…Granola!


“Nuts and twigs.” “What crunchy people eat.” “Dry.” “Boring.” These are just a few of the stereotypes of granola over the years. But what is granola, really? How about delicious? In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we unmask granola…we clear up some misconceptions and talk about how to make great granola at home.


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Here’s what we mention in this episode:

Bee Free Honee

          The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Recipe of the Week

Danielle’s ‘Clean Out the Pantry’ Granola


  • 1 cup rolled oats (regular basic quaker style)
  • 6 tablespoons chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup – really good quality.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spread granola mix on cookie sheet lined with parchment
  • Bake for 5-8 minutes. It is ready when you can smell the oats and the edges are browned.


  • You can use any nuts. I use any nuts that I have left over in the pantry. The combos I have the most success with:
    • peanuts with added dried apricots (chopped to the same size as the nuts, maybe 1/4-1/2 cup)
    • macadamia nuts with dried pineapple and 1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
    • cashews with about a 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom.
  • This recipe doubles REALLY well. I usually make a double batch & store it in a gallon size freezer bag in the fridge
  • It doesn’t really matter what additional things you mix in (raisins, coconut shreds, sunflower seeds, etc) you never really need to add more maple syrup. the 1/4 cup just keeps it all together. This is a ‘clean out the pantry’ kind of granola!

Quotes of the Week

Drop your shrink and stop your drinkin’, crunchy granola’s neat.

— Neil Diamond (lyrics from Crunchy Granola Suite)

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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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3 thoughts on “VZ 202: Good Grief, It’s…Granola!

  1. I enjoyed the granola podcast. But just wanted to mention how important bees are to apple orchards …. but maybe the bees are happier pollinating the apple trees than giving away their honey?

  2. Hi Ladies!

    I started listening to you again and have been binge listening… I love this podcast especially because you started it of with MY wonderful daughter! I can attest, I am a test taster for Danielle, she brings me her creative inventions. I detest coconut and she said – hey mom, you can’t taste it right? Yep, she was right! It was delicious (and non-coconut) tasting.

    Thank you for your podcast. I am now conscious of where my food comes from, grow my own veggies (and yes, Danielle gets lots of them!) and eat meat less. I always thank the cow or chicken for my dinner.

    Danielle told me that if I buy through you to Amazon, you will get some reciprocation. So that is what I am going to do.

    Thank you again, I would love to meet you too if you come to California during the summer.


    Danielle’s cool mom, Cindy

    • Hey there, Cindy!

      Yep, you are for sure the cool mom…and you’ve raised an amazing daughter in Danielle! We’re so happy to have you both as a part of our community. I’m so glad you’re still enjoying the podcast, and yes, we will definitely make sure to arrange a stop to see you and Danielle the next time we’re in CA!

      Peace & Veggies,


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