Friday, November 21, 2014

Gluten Free, All Natural Granola Recipe

When the 3:00 midday hunger cravings hit, instead of grabbing a cookie, grab a handful of this homemade granola to curb those cravings. Made with healthy ingredients, this recipe will satisfy that sweet tooth, while, also providing a much needed "crunch." The use of walnuts and pecans add a healthy benefit of protein to tide you over until dinner.

This recipe combines walnuts, pecans, honey and coconut with oats, so that one does not feel as though they are only consuming oatmeal.

hand made granola

This recipe requires only a few healthy ingredients, with little preparation that even an unskilled cook, such as I, pointing finger to self, can make this recipe.

natural granola

The ingredients I used were-

4 cups of Gluten Free quick cooking oats
I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats, 32 Oz
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups walnuts 
1 handful of almonds
1 cup of pecans
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup honey

Preset your oven to 375 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

"To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Buddha
Spread out your parchment paper on to 2 cookie sheets. 
Place in your oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Stirring frequently.

(I used 2 small round cookie sheets. Because of that my granola took longer to cook, approximately 10 more minutes.)

I stirred the granola, once, about every 5 minutes. I did not want the granola to burn. 
When the granola reaches a nice rich, brown color, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Place your granola in an air tight container. 
Serve on yogurt, grab a handful, or on a salad. 

After snapping pictures of this recipe, I enjoyed the fruit and granola for lunch. The granola was still warm from the oven. It was delicious.. 
Because I enjoyed the warmth of the granola, the next time, I will slightly warm the granola in the microwave before adding it on top of the yogurt.

Mix and match your desired choice of nuts. If pecans are not to you liking, substitute pumpkin seeds. Cashews or hazelnuts are also good options. The list is endless.

Now to you-

What are your healthy granola ingredients?

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