Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola – Having a Kitchen Clear Out
The wonderful thing about making your own granola is that you can include or exclude pretty much anything you want. There’s no need to peer at labels, pay expensive prices or pull faces at those papaya chunks you don’t like. This gorgeous gluten free granola was the result of having a kitchen clear out.
Kitchen Clear Out
In the run up to leaving Liskeard for Lymington, I tried to use up as many bits and pieces as I could so there was less to lug around or get forgotten. I wasn’t nearly as successful at this enterprise as I would’ve liked, but I did manage to finish of a few packets of this and that and empty some opened jars. Who would have thought my small kitchen could hold so much? This gorgeous gluten free granola was absolutely brilliant at enabling a good kitchen clear out. Turn a problem into a solution.
Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola
In went that half used packet of quinoa pops, the remains of a box of jumbo oats, odds and ends of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I also finished off a jar of honey and one of coconut oil – result! I melted the honey and coconut oil together, then tossed in all but the dried fruit. This mixture went into a low oven to bake and when it had cooled, I mixed in the fruit.
I call it gorgeous gluten free granola because it was precisely that. The proportion of fruit, nuts and seeds to oats was much higher than anything you’ll find on the supermarket shelf and the quinoa pops added an additional note of fun and lightness. It was also not overly sweet, which is something I often find off-putting when I’m trying to start the day off on a healthy note. The flavours of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg shone through and I can honestly say this was the best granola I’ve eaten in a very long time. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often.
The recipe is infinitely adaptable. Use whatever dried fruit, nuts and seeds you have to hand. You could try amaranth pops instead of quinoa pops or just leave them out altogether. If you’re vegan, just swap the honey for maple syrup.
Fuss Free Breakfast
My gorgeous gluten free granola was a godsend when I first moved and was trying to sort everything out. All I needed to do was chop up a banana, throw in some granola then top it with yoghurt. Minimum fuss and breakfast was ready in no time at all. It’s hard to think of a fast and easy breakfast that could be more delicious.
Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola – The Recipe
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- 100 g jumbo oats gluten free
- 100 g quinoa pops
- 200 g rolled oats gluten free
- 125 g mixed nuts walnuts, almonds, cashews & hazelnuts - roughly chopped
- 25 g coconut flakes
- 60 g pumpkin seeds
- 25 g sesame seeds
- 25 g linseeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- good grating of nutmeg
- 100 g mixed raisins
- 60 g dried apricots unsulphured - roughly chopped
- 25 g goji berries
Melt the coconut oil and honey in a small pan over a low heat.
Place all of the remaining ingredients, bar the fruit, in a large bowl. Pour the oil and honey mixture in and stir until everything is evenly coated.
Tip the mixture onto a large baking tray or two smaller ones and bake at 150C for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and give a good stir, then bake again for a further 8 minutes, taking care that the coconut flakes don't burn.
Allow to cool then store in a clean screw top jar or other airtight container.
I’m sharing my gorgeous gluten free granola with #CookBlogShare hosted by Hijacked by Twins.
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