Crunchy Granola

After years of missing out on oats, we’ve added some back into our diet. I was never a fan of oatmeal or even oatmeal cookies. I am however, a fan of granola. The image of what’s left of my granola is a rare snap. This stuff doesn’t last long and it’s super yummy. I will however put a healthy warning on it for Celiac sufferers. Oats do not naturally contain Gluten but they do have another binder that causes a problem for Celiacs. Oats, in many cases, are also processed in plants containing wheat and are highly cross contaminated so be careful if you are gluten sensitive. I bought certified gluten free oats and have not had a problem.

Crunchy Granola

This is an easy stove-top recipe
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup/combo almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds I use what I have on hand
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Slowly brown oats, nuts and seeds over medium heat in a
    large stove top pan
  • Remove completely from heat and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes, you want it very warm
  • Add honey and stir well until everything is coated
  • Spread on parchment paper and allow to completely cool
  • Refrigerate in airtight container (I use a mason jar)

Ideas for granola: granola on fruit in the morning, granola with frozen pureed fruit, granola straight up as a snack, granola sprinkled on ice cream (I make vegan ice cream using coconut and almond milk)

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Grain-free Cereal

Coconut Cereal

This is our go-to in the morning and we sprinkle it over fresh fruit.

Ingredients:

1- 12 oz package shredded coconut

1- tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup slivered almonds or pine nuts (I buy my SALT-FREE organic nuts from nuts.com so I know they’re certified gluten free). *There should be NO added oil. If so, don’t buy.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Stir coconut, cinnamon and nuts together in a 9 by 9 baking dish. Cook ten minutes, stir and cook ten more minutes. Allow to cool and you’re ready. Don’t forget to add berries to that fruit bowl, they’re very healthy. The picture below was my breakfast this morning. I sprinkle about 2 tablespoons on mine but you’re allowed to go a little crazy on this one if you want.