I have been craving crunchy things. With eating gluten free, refined sugar free and even cutting back on lots of grains, I felt like I just needed to crunch something. I used to eat homemade granola almost everyday and was really missing it. (Know what else I miss, sometimes just taking a big chug of fat free milk…..I’ve cut back on dairy, too, and have heard fat free has all kinds of chemicals in it, so I don’t drink it anymore, but it’d sure be nice after one of these Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Brownies that are so good you’d never know they are gluten free or refined sugar free. They are SO good chilled in the fridge, too. Must make more.
We’re talking about granola here though. So I set out to make me a crunchy gluten free granola. The only sweetener in this is raw honey. You could use maple syrup or agave, too. I decided to put a bunch of nuts and seeds in this. I’m so happy with how it turned out—perfect, I must say. ;) I wanted a clumpy granola and there is a perfect “trick” to that. Once it comes out of the oven, don’t stir it. When it is completely cooled, it will have stuck all together and you can break it in to any sized pieces you’d like.
This is the perfect kind of granola to just take a baggie full somewhere for a snack on hand. But if you break up the pieces a little smaller, it’s also great on top of yogurt with some fresh berries. One of my favorite things.
Look how clumpy that is! Of course, you don’t have to make it gluten free, I just used gluten free oats—this is still a great granola with any kind of oats.
Crazy Nutty Gluten Free Granola (Refined Sugar Free), by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
2 cups gluten-free oats
3 tablespoons ground flax meal
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw pecans
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup raw honey
3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax, sesame seeds, coconut, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and salt. Stir together.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the honey and coconut oil. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir together with a whisk until well combined. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything looks wet. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-22 minutes until fragrant and browned. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Do not touch the mix during this time as it is setting up and will be clumpy. Once it is completely cooled, you can break it in to clumps and store in an airtight container. *You can use any nuts and seeds you’d like or have on hand, just make it nutty!
I think I’ll go snitch a bit of the granola right now.