Whether you're an early riser or not, this simple granola recipe can be a great whole grain, gluten-free way to start your day.
A couple weeks of the school year are now behind us. The routines are setting in for all of us. But some things don't change.
I tell myself one day, when I grow up, I'll be the type that wakes up early. I'll see the sunrise while I perk my fresh pot of coffee. I'll have a chance to sit and have a quiet moment before the other people in my house stir. Maybe I'll even accomplish a few simple chores before the day starts, too.
So far, not so much. I'm dragging myself out of bed... after the kids are awake. Get everyone dressed fast, lunch made, quick breakfast served, coffee made, and out the door.
The quick breakfast is key. That is where a good, gluten-free, whole grain, protein filled granola comes in. I love this delicious mix. Sweetened with maple and honey, and full of healthy fats and protein, I know my son is starting out the day with whole food. He loves it with yogurt, but usually we eat it with milk or almond milk.
Because we are a gluten-free family, we use only certified gluten-free oats in our house. Yes, oats themselves are gluten-free, however many oats are grown in the same rotated fields or nearby fields of wheat. Then they're often processed in the same manufacturing plants as wheat, so cross contamination potential is high. Certified gluten-free oats are processed separatedly and tested to ensure no gluten has snuck in.
If you follow a gluten-free diet there are a few other things to consider regarding adding oats, in addition to eating only gluten-free oats.
- Check with your doctor or dietitian before adding oats into your gluten-free diet. Some people who cannot tolerate gluten may also react to a protein in pure oats called avenin. In these people, the body responds to avenin as though it is gluten. Your medical professional can watch you for any symptoms resulting from eating oats.
- Begin oat introduction by adding only 50 grams of gluten-free oats a day. This is approximately ½ cup dry rolled oats, ¼ cup dry steel cut oats, 1 packet instant oatmeal, ½ cup oat flour or ½ cup granola.
- Adding gluten-free oats to your plate also means an increase in fiber. Be sure drink lots of water. If you experience bloating or gas, let your medical professional know. It could be a reaction to the oats, but it could also be caused by the increase in fiber.
Whether you're an early riser or not, this simple granola can be a great whole grain, gluten-free way to start your day.
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Gluten Free Nutty Coconut Granola
- 6 cups gluten-free oats
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 1/2 cups maple syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl. Stir well to coat oats with wet ingredients.
- Spread mixture onto an extra-large jellyroll pan or two large jellyroll pans.
- Bake at 325° for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until oats or toasted and fragrant.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container.