Granola Goes Gluten-Free
One of the foods that I missed the most when I was first diagnosed with celiac was granola. I love granola with ice cream, yogurt, cereal, in trail mix, or simply on its own. It’s such a yummy snack and if you’re a texture person like me, the crunch of perfectly toasted oats and nuts is just wonderful. Oats are controversial in the celiac world because even though they are technically gluten free, they are easily contaminated, making them most likely containing gluten, unless they are tested for gluten content. There are some brands of gluten-free ‘granola’ out there but I hesitate to refer to them as granola because they don’t contain any oats. Usually it’s a clump of corn flakes with some syrups and dried nuts. While it has a nice crunch, these store-bought GF granolas just aren’t the same. Yes, certified gluten-free oats are more expensive than Quaker, but I’m definitely willing to splurge on this grain and it’s so much more economical to make your own granola and it keeps well in the fridge for a long time.
Betsy’s Granola (Created with guidance from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian)
- 6 cups certified GF oats
- 2 cups mixed nuts and seeds (I used chopped cashews, pecans, almonds, & sunflower seeds)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer to use natural PB that still has salt though)
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- Ground flaxseed (optional)
Preheat oven to 325. Put a 9 x 13-inch roasting pan over medium-low heat. (I put the pan over two burners. Add the oats and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to change color and become fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the nuts and seeds and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the coconut and cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Add the cinnamon, salt (to taste), flaxseed, honey and peanut butter. Stir and place in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking process.
Remove from oven, add raisins and cranberries, and cool on a rack. Stir once in a while until the granola reaches room temperature. Transfer to a sealed container and store in refrigerator. I make it in large batches so I’ll even stick some in the freezer.
Granola continues to be one of my all-time favorite foods because it has a little bit of everything. Sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy. Don’t think of this recipe as a concrete set of rules. Other things you can add to your granola are maple syrup or molasses as a sweetener or different seasonings such as nutmeg, vanilla beans or even ginger. If you have a sweet tooth, try putting chocolate chips in your batch. A great ice cream topping!