Do you have any recipes you turn to over and over because they are so simple, healthy, and delicious?!
Today I want to share with you two versions of granola "recipes" that me and my special helpers have made in kitchens all over the world! Although, if you know me, you know I don't really follow recipes - so I don’t think we’ve ever made it the same way twice. But that's the beauty of it - you can throw it together with ingredients you have in your house. So here you go .... This post is dedicated to answering all your questions! GRANOLA - Grain Free and Gluten Free Versions
Tip: In all my "recipes" don't feel like you need these exact ingredients - it's so easy to make granola using whatever spices, oils, nuts, seeds, sweetners, etc you have. I also find Granola (like Smoothies) are a great way to get a lot of nutrients in - so I try to put in whatever nutrients I think we need in our systems at that time!
GLUTEN FREE GRANOLA (I don't say grain free, since I use Oats in this Version): Take a bunch of oats (I use a lot since it tends to go fast!)
Mix in any seeds or nuts you have on hand (roughly chop or grind them if they are too large)
Add cinnamon, turmeric, and other spices that sound yummy Add Flax Seed, Hemp Seed or any other nutrients boosters you have.
And a pinch of salt Tip: You basically need dry ingredients and wet ingredients - and enough of the wet combo to lightly coat the entire dry combo.
In a separate bowl, mix EVOO or coconut oil with molasses and maple syrup. * We will many times add Almond Butter to our wet ingredients as well! Note: EVVO isn't great to cook with because it loses nutrients when heated, so I prefer other oils or even Ghee (aka, Clarified Butter)
Although I don’t follow precise measurements, I generally use about half as much molasses as maple syrup and half as much maple syrup as oil/butter. Adding Pure Vanilla Extract is another tasty wet ingredient I love to use.
For example, if I use 1 cup of oil I would use ½ c of maple syrup, and ¼ c of molasses.
BAKING YOUR GRANOLA: Mix everything together and spread it out on a cookie sheet then bake between 250 - 325 degrees for between 30 - 60 minutes depending on the temperature (lower temperature, longer cook time but seems to bake everything more evenly and tastes better). Every 15 - 20 minutes open the oven, give everything a stir, and enjoy how amazing your whole house will smell!
GRAIN FREE GRANOLA As you can tell, we have a lot of variations for granola - mainly depending on what we have available and what I feel my family needs nutrition-wise. For the Grain Free Version, I typically use a combo of the following ingredients:
DRY INGREDIENTS: Almond flour, coconut flour (use less coconut flour - it's thick), ground flax seed, hulled hemp seed, beet powder, moringa powder, sea salt, nuts, coconut flakes (add half way through cooking or towards the very end so they don’t burn!), cinnamon, and turmeric
Ghee, maple syrup, coconut oil Mix everything together making sure to leave the clumps in tact! Follow above cooking temps and times! A note about Raw Honey: I typically don't use raw honey because the nutrients are in the "Raw-ness" and when heated it takes that away. This is one reason I switched to Pure Maple Syrup A note about Dried Fruit: If you add raisons, cranberries or other dried fruit, do so AFTER your granola is done cooking! I learned this the hard way years ago...No, literally my raisins were as hard as rocks! * I try to use Organic Ingredients whenever possible.
1. Because they are less ridden with toxic pesticides and aren't genetically modified and
2. Because when you buy organic, you protect the farmers and people working in the fields.
Have you made Granola? I would love to hear your ideas for ingredients & recipes!!
Want to get some more tips from my adorable little helper, Jagger? Check out the video we did here.