A Granola Fit for Fall

 

If you’ve ever felt intimidated to make your own granola, I’m here to say, “same…” It seemed like every recipe called for 40 different ingredients, and I didn’t have the patience nor the wallet to obtain them all. One day I was finally fed up with paying $6 for an 11 oz bag of quality granola! [quality by my definition = minimal ingredients and real ingredients] I was determined to make a gluten free granola of such status, and after testing and tweaking… I’m dying to share my finished product with you! This recipe yields nearly 3 times the goods for the same price, is gluten free, vegan, and contains no refined sugars.  Enjoy!

Total time:  about 45 minutes
Cost:  $5.99 per batch
Yields:  4 cups (or 16 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of gluten free oats
  • 1 cup of shaved or slivered almonds (my absolute favorite are Trader Joe’s dry toasted, unsalted, slivered almonds- they taste phenomenal and don’t break the bank!)
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • a splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice extract (optional) if you’re feeling saucy

If you’re like me and have superfoods lying around and no place to use them, this is an excellent way to incorporate them!
Other optional Ingredients: flaxseed (whole or ground 1/4 cup), unsweetened coconut flakes (1/2 cup), chia seeds (2 Tbsp), maca powder (1/2 Tbsp), or cacao powder (1/4 cup)

[I have found Trader Joe’s to be cheapest for nearly all of these high-quality ingredients- especially pure maple syrup, almonds, and organic virgin coconut oil!]

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place dry oats and toasted almonds on the baking sheet and cook for 12 minutes to toast
  3. Mix maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice extract, and spices in a medium bowl and set aside
  4. When oats and almonds are finished toasting, incorporate into the wet mixture until evenly coated
  5. Evenly distribute onto lined baking sheet and cook for 10 more minutes
  6. Turn off oven and crack the door to cool granola and let sit for ~10 minutes (this gives the granola the perfect crunch)

Enjoy as a snack, cereal, dessert (with some dark chocolate, yummmmm), or just to give your pup a treat. And please… spread your wings and personalize this recipe!  For example, when fall leaves [punny] and you’re sick of cinnamon and maple, switch it out for some honey and dried fruit.

*It is so tasty, you’ll be hooked! Therefore, buy in bulk to get the best bang for your buck.