Friday, January 23, 2015

Gluten-Free Feature Friday: Super Simple Gluten-Free Granola Recipe



Before I discovered gluten was my enemy, I LOVED granola! Fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits? My fave!! 

And this favoritism towards granola still holds true since cutting gluten out of my life. But after I ripped opened a package of gluten-free "granola", poured it over my yogurt, and took a bite, I knew our relationship would not be as it once was... *sigh*

UNTIL I was strolling down the aisles of Trader Joe's and saw this!

A HUGE bag of gluten-free oats!!
♥ Trader Joe's!!
So, What is the secret ingredient that make these oats gluten-free? Oats!

You might be thinking, "well, what makes these oats gluten-free and other rolled oats not?" Well, it has to do with how the oats are processed.

Oats are naturally gluten-free. Problems arise, however, when manufacturers process oats with and around machines that also process wheat, barley, and rye, all of which contain gluten. Once this happens, the oats are then contaminated with gluten and unsafe to eat by those with gluten sensitivities.

The only way to be sure oats are not cross-contaminated with gluten, make sure you look for marked gluten-free packages! 

When I saw these at Trader Joe's, angels began singing and I had a glorious epiphany of making my own gluten-free granola!

Plus, making my own ends up to be A LOT cheaper! And I mean A LOT!!

If you are gluten-free or happen to find yourself in the gluten-free aisles at the supermarket, it comes to no surprise that gluten-free items are expensive... Yes, some (most) of that stuff isn't the healthiest for you.. But I want to have my gluten-free brownies, dang it!

So, a typical (small) bag of gluten-free granola is about $7. This whole bag of gluten-free oats is only $4! AND you can make about 3 batches of this granola recipe! So you get 3x's the amount of granola for $2 cheaper!! That is saving you $17!!

Of course, I do use those oats for morning oatmeal and oatmeal cookies, so it desn't all become granola. But it is still savings, non-the-less!

So, here is my

Super Simple Gluten-Free Granola Recipe

(Adapted From Chow.com)





















Time: Approx. 35-40 Minutes
Servings: 6-7


Ingredients:2 cups of Gluten-Free Oats
2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
1/4 cup of Organic Honey
2 Tbsp of Oil
1/2 Tsp of Vanilla
Raisins
Slivered Almonds

Directions:Preheat oven at 300 degrees.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Pour Honey, Oil, and Vanilla in a separate bowl and combine.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until evenly dispersed.
Spread out onto a rimmed baking sheet.

Put baking sheet in oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

Take out of the oven, mix granola, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
(NOTE: With my mini-sized oven, I bake for 15 minutes and then an additional 5. The first time I baked for 15 minutes and then another 15 minutes, which then gave me burnt granola. Therefore, you may need to adjust the baking time. Just keep an eye on the granola and don't let it burn.)

Take granola out of the oven and stir again.
Add raisins and almonds to the mix (as much or as little as you'd like.)

Mix every 10 minutes or so as the mixture cools. As it cools it will also harden into granola chunks.
Once cooled, transfer to a zip-lock bag or sealable container.
Enjoy on top of yogurt or with homemade almond milk or however you'd like!

Yogurt, blueberry, and granola parfait!
Prepare to have your home filled with a delectable sweet smell that will have your mouth watering!! They should seriously capture this scent in a candle and call it "Homemade Granola."

Or you can just bake this on a regular basis to get the same effect! :-)

Also, feel free to mix in whatever other add-ins you would like (flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, other dried fruits.) And play around the other ingredients as you wish. If you want it a bit sweeter, add some more honey or brown sugar. I have always been one who sees recipes more as "suggestions" and add a bit of my own zing to it!

I am now happy to announce that this recipe has saved my relationship with granola and I think we are going to have a long, happy (gluten-free) life together!

If you were to make this recipe, what add-ins would you put?


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