Simple Granola, Gluten-Free

A granola recipe that is simple, using ingredients that provide healthy fats, and honey as a sweetener.

I used to HATE granola.

It had nuts, and for the longest time, I DISLIKED THEM IMMENSELY.

Walnuts showed up every Christmas, on my mother’s table, with the same nutcracker, all boring-like. I mean, where were the Gingerbread cookies for cryin’ out loud? Nooooo, we had walnut cookies, even. The horror of 1981.

Hmmm, when did I start to actually like nuts? I can’t even remember. The only bummer is that I can’t eat ‘em on clinical days (too many nut allergies out there, sadly).

Now, the love of granola started with Dr. James Caleb Jackson , who invented it at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1863. The Jackson Sanitarium was actually a health spa, and later Dr. Jackson founded Our Home Granola Company.

I do love a splash of granola to top my smoothie bowl, or what I like to call Kefir Bowls in the morning. I am not a big dairy eater, but I do love my kefir.

If you’re not taking care of your gut, you are not optimizing your menopause.

Since we have dropped the demonization of fat, and nuts are loaded with some good stuff, like proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, they are a fantastic snack. As long as you have no trouble digesting them, pack some up for convenient, on the go energy.

I mix and match my granola ingredients according to the pantry selection, and toss in some dried fruits or cacao nibs for an extra punch of flavour. I’ve even dressed it up with some dark chocolate chips. Fresh fruit. Kefir. Yum.

This is my go to recipe. That I alter. All the time. ‘Cause that’s who I am. Recipes are made to be fiddled with.

Simple Granola (click here for a printable)

4 cups Gluten Free Oats, Large Flake
1/2 cup Chia Seeds
1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut
3/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds, unsalted
1/2 cup Flax Seeds, ground
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds, unsalted

1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Water
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
dash sea salt

Dried blueberries, cherries, apricots, dates, or fruit of your choice.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, honey and water together. Toss over the dry ingredients and incorporate well. Spread on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake, for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Let cool on the pans. Store in jars. Keeps for up to two weeks. Sprinkle with dried fruits, cacao nibs, or dark chocolate chips, if wanted. Makes about 3 large (2 cup) mason jars full.

Happy Mix and Matching,

Tanya