Friday, November 4, 2016

Homemade Gluten Free Granola

A couple of days ago, I shared how we make homemade yogurt to help salvage our grocery budget. It's been a huge blessing but I couldn't leave it at that. We eat a lot of yogurt in our house, but we eat just as much granola. 

Have you ever taken a step back and looked at the price of granola. Ouch!! Have you ever paid attention to the price of Gluten Free granola. Probably not it you don't need to, but it's even worse. Since we eat yogurt and granola quite often, I knew I had to learn to make it from home.

Making granola in your own kitchen allows you to be in control of how it tastes. We like to put extra cinnamon in ours, especially around this time of year. Add in some pumpkin spice and that makes it even more special. 

Granola is so versatile. Nuts, berries, coconut...any addition makes it yummy or eat it with just the oats like we do. Totally your call. The girls and I usually make this on the weekends. Sometimes Ellie and I will make it after the girls are off to school. Here's what you'll need to whip this up:

Gluten free old fashioned oats

Raw Honey
Coconut Oil
Mixing bowl
2 baking sheets
Parchment paper

Let's get started!!!

Preheat your oven to 350. 

Combine 3 cups of oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour them onto the parchment lined baking sheets, dividing the oats between the two. Bake the oats for about 12 minutes in the oven. Stir here and there. 

Combine 3 teaspoons melted coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 cup honey. After the oats have toasted, pull them out of the oven and drizzle the wet mixture over the oats and stir well. Make sure they're all coated. Place back in the oven and turn it off. Allow them to sit for another 8-10 minutes to finish toasting and then remove from the oven to cool. Make sure to allow them plenty of time to cool completely. 

That's it!! 
You just made granola. Easy peasy. Now you get to eat it without feeling guilty for paying an arm and a leg for it. Well, that's if you're like me. 

Store the granola in air tight jars and enjoy!! This would also be a great homemade gift for neighbors or teachers. 

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