Granola Edit

Mmmmmm….granola, but gluten-free granola…who knew!?  I love this granola by itself or sprinkled on my greek yogurt with some chia seeds.  You might find that this is so addicting, that it is hard not to grab a handful every time you walk past the jar! I started playing around with my own gluten-free granola recipe after I started buying Steve’s Paleo Krunch.  Steve’s granola is super tasty, but when you form an addiction like I did…it can get a little pricey.  One day I looked at the ingredients list for Steve’s granola, and I realized that I could totally make a granola like his.  What I ended up finding out was that I could make triple the amount of granola, for the price that I spent on one container of Steve’s granola….Heck yes!

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Granola

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sliced Almonds
  • 2 cups unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 cup Raw Pepitas (Shelled Pumpkin Seeds)
  • 1 cup Almond Meal (Secret Ingredient)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Nibs (add for a healthy cocoa flavored kick, optional)

Directions 

1.  Preheat oven to 300F.  Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

2.  Mix coconut, nuts and seeds in a big bowl.

3.  Add cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to coat.

Nuts mixed with spices

Nuts mixed with spices

4.   Melt coconut oil and honey on low heat on the stove top.

5.   Once the coconut oil and honey are melted, add the vanilla.

6.   Pour coconut oil, honey, and vanilla mixture over nuts and seeds.

7.   Stir to coat.

8.   Quickly pour mixture out onto prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly.

Pre-baked Granola

Pre-baked Granola

5.    Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely in pan (for larger chunks…this is my preferred choice), then pour into a plastic/glass container or bag for storage.  If you would like to add dried fruit to your granola, just mix it in when you put your granola in whatever storage container that you are using.

*Warning…you just made some banging granola, try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting 🙂

*Note – The almond meal is the secret ingredient, because it is what makes the granola taste like it is not gluten-free.  If you want it to be even more like the texture of regular granola, just increase the almond meal and make sure you add more coconut oil, honey and vanilla to help bind the extra almond meal.

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