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Vegan Marmite Granola Recipe

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Healthy vegan Marmite granola

Healthy vegan Marmite granola

Are you a Marmite lover? Try this tasty, healthy, deeply savoury vegan Marmite granola recipe for breakfast.

What Is Marmite?

To those who don’t know of this legendary spread, Marmite is a sticky, thick, dark brown paste with a distinctive, salty flavour. Known to some as ‘black gold’, it is made from yeast extract and is a by-product of beer brewing.

It is safe to say that it is a controversial spread. Depending on who you ask, it is either God’s greatest gift to humanity or the food of the devil.

It is vegan and an incredible source of B vitamins, including supplemental vitamin B12.

Marmite bursts with umami flavour. My boyfriend is an adamant hater, but he frequently uses it to add umami meaty flavour to his soups, stews and stocks.

How I Came up With This Recipe

I first came up with this recipe when I was looking for a healthy, oaty breakfast option.

Everyone knows that oats are a great breakfast food. According to, oats are a whole grain that are rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Not bad for such a humble food!

My healthy granola recipe came into being when I was trying out my Marmite and peanut butter flapjacks. I decided to try making my flapjacks with olive oil instead of vegan butter.

Predictably, the flapjacks fell apart as soon as they were out of the oven, turning into something like granola or baked oatmeal. It looked like a flapjack disaster, but the taste was delicious!

In fact, it was so delicious that I decided to adapt it slightly to create a Marmite granola.

Sceptical? Wait until you try it!

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Vegan baked oats with Marmite

Vegan baked oats with Marmite

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Add extra Marmite if you need more of that ‘black gold’ umami flavour.
  • I have used rolled porridge oats in my flapjack recipe, but you could try pinhead oatmeal (otherwise known as steel-cut oatmeal) for extra fibre and bite.
  • Add in chia seeds or golden linseed for extra goodness.
  • I have used cashew nuts and almonds, but you can use other nuts, like brazil nuts or walnuts.

Why This Recipe Is Great

  • Great source of plant protein
  • Great source of fibre
  • Keeps you full until lunchtime
  • Great breakfast on an active day
  • The almonds add additional calcium, often lacking in a vegan diet
  • Lots of healthy fats
  • Easy and healthy granola recipe
  • Delicious Marmite recipe
  • Great vegan breakfast

Cook’s Tips

  • The Marmite tends to clump together, taking bits of oat, nut, and seed with it. Therefore, you will need to ensure that all these clumps are well mixed in before they go in the oven to ensure that the yeast extract flavour is well distributed.
  • Make sure to let your granola cool completely before putting it into an air-tight container. It will avoid creating condensation and keep your granola dry. Nobody wants damp granola!
  • When you substitute in other seeds and nuts, think about the texture of everything you are putting in. Make sure to get lots of interesting nutty flavours and textures in your homemade granola.


  • Ovenproof dish
  • Bowl for mixing dry ingredients
  • Additional small bowl or container for mixing your olive oil and Marmite
  • Weighing scales
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Measuring spoons
Marmite granola

Marmite granola

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

8 servings


  • 200 grams / 7 ounces oats
  • 60 grams / 2.11 ounces cashews
  • 50 grams / 1.76 pumpkin seeds
  • 50 grams / 1.76 sunflower seeds
  • 30 grams / 1.05 almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 teasponns Marmite
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 / 180°C / 350°F.
  2. Weigh out your dry ingredients and mix them.
  3. Mix your olive oil and Marmite as much as possible.
  4. Drizzle your Marmite and olive oil mixture over your dry ingredients.
  5. Mix as thoroughly as possible, chopping through and mixing any clumps of Marmite you come across.
  6. Place your granola in your ovenproof dish and spread out evenly.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until dry and crispy.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Place in an airtight container. It should keep well for a week.


I like to eat this dry for breakfast with a glass of orange juice and a strong cup of coffee. It also tastes good with a splash of plant-based milk.

Vegan Marmite baked oats granola

Vegan Marmite baked oats granola

Vegan Marmite and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

If you are a lover of ‘black gold’, you have to try my other recipe: vegan Marmite and peanut butter flapjacks. They make a great breakfast on the go or the perfect vegan picnic snack.

© 2021 Kathryn Worthington

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