Do you hear the heavenly angels singing?
One of the things that I have missed since going gluten free is granola. I loved granola. Oats, while they themselves do not contain gluten, are almost always contaminated in the processing. And so no oats.
Recently I had read about gluten free oats. Oats that were grown and processed in such a way that they never came into contact with wheat. Upon researching this I found that McCanns oats were used by many celiacs with no problems, even those who were extremely sensitive to gluten. It is available in the regular grocery store and doesn’t cost a million dollars. So I thought I would give it a try.
Not to mention that it comes in a very cool tin container that my daughter is excited to steal for her pretend kitchen.
I am not an expert or a doctor so if you are gluten free your mileage may vary. I ate some earlier and so far no reaction.
If you are not gluten free, you can just ignore all the previous paragraphs and then eat some processed food for me, okay?
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
5 cups oats ( I used steel cut, you can use rolled oats, NOT the quick cook or instant kind. If I were not gluten free I would use rolled oats as they are less crunchy and I generally prefer the texture.)
2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sliced dates (I slice them myself as the ones already sliced are dusted with flour)
1/2 cup sliced dried apricots
1/2 cup milled flax seed
1 cup honey
Stick of Fleishman’s unsalted margarine, or butter, or 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
Pour the oats and sliced almonds in a large bowl.
This is the milled flax seed. Apparently this stuff is good for you and does not effect the taste of baked things. So I thought, what the hell, toss it in.
Add the shredded coconut. I used sweetened coconut since I could not find any shredded unsweetened and there was no way that I was going to buy a whole coconut and do it myself. It is roughly 3/4 cup.
Melt the butter or margarine and pour it into a large bowl.
Mix in the honey. Stick your finger under the honey stream to make sure it tastes good. Once done measuring lick the measuring cup. Hit anyone on the head with it who tries to pry it out of your fingers. Unless you are over 4 years old, in which case just hold it over your head while you dance around the room.
Add the ingredients from the dry bowl into this bowl. Realize you forgot the salt and add it to the top of the dry ingredients before you fold all of it together.
Stir it all up together. Take a few tastes to make sure that it tastes good. Take another taste just to be sure.
Spead it on a cookie sheet with sides, or a any sort of baking dish.
Put it into the oven. Set your timer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, go and stir the granola up in the baking dish.
Measure out your dried fruit. Like the cranberries, apricots, raisins…
and dates. I have only recently discovered that I love dates. Oh dates, where have you been all my life? I suddenly sound like my 14 year old awkward braces and training bra wearing, awkward limbed, bad hair self. At least these days I no longer wear braces.
Fifteen minutes is up, go stir the granola again. Grab a small taste just to be sure that the oven is working properly. You have 15 more minutes to kill before you need to stir it again.
I’ll entertain you with a conversation I had with our very own MIR about granola:
mir: I made granola and it rocks.
mir: but I doctored it a whole bunch.
mir: used walnuts instead of cashews and almonds (much cheaper)
mir: used honey instead of maple syrup (also cheaper)
mir: plus in addition to the cup of raisins I added some dates
chris: I doctored it too.
chris: we are like those people on those recipe sites
chris: you know the ones who review the recipes giving it 5 stars and then say I changed this and this and this
chris: and it no longer resembles the same recipe
mir: I see that all the time, too
chris: They start off with a chicken recipe and suddenly they are making pasta
chris: But they still give it 5 stars
Hey, your 15 minutes have passed. Time to go stir the granola again. Go on, I’ll wait.
mir: what did you change?
Chris: I used margarine instead of oil
mir: how come?
Chris: for it’s buttery goodness
Chris: I used steel cut oats
Chris: no other nuts
Yup, stir it again. Go on.
mir: I also added half a cup of flax meal
mir: which is a total superfood
mir: and well-suited to this because it’s nutty-tasting
Chris: it sounds…..healthy
mir: I hide it in EVERYTHING
Chris: I do that with bacon
mir: it’s full of omega-3s
mir: easy to hide in baked goods, etc.
Chris: Like bacon
Chris: well that sounds suspiciously good for you
Chris: I’ll just substitute some bacon grease
mir: it’s supposed to ease menopause symptoms, too
Chris: Bacon too.
Chris: Probably because it will clog your arteries and kill you before you reach menopause.
Chris: But that is a minor point.
After an hour and half it will be done cooking in the oven. Take it out and while it is still warm add the dried fruit and mix it up. Don’t wait, because it hardens and then you won’t be able to mix it.
Let it cool. Or not.
Sprinkle it on top of your favorite vanilla yogurt or vanilla ice cream.
mir: I hear it freezes well, too
Chris: someone told me that today
Chris: Because of course I was telling everyone I came across about my granola
Chris: and I was like WHY NOT JUST EAT IT?
It is delicious, if I do say so myself. The beauty of this recipe is that you can change the ingredients to suit your whims, which is why I included my IMs with Mir. We both started with the same recipe and changed it. There is no right or wrong. Have fun with it.
Granola so yummy it will knock your pants clean off. And possibly turn your underwear around backward in the process.
What could be better than that?