Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gluten Free Granola Cereal

A friend of mine, Lisa, attended a class on cooking gluten free. She came away with several great recipes. Here is one that would be great for adults and kids.

5 c oats (make sure they are certified gluten-free)
2 c sliced almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 c mixed dried fruit (we used apricots, sour cherries, and golden raisins)
Honey, to taste
2 tbsp "light" olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the oats and the almonds. Make sure you use a large baking sheet or roasting pan for this (I prefer the roasting pan, because you can really swirl around those ingredients without spilling them on the floor.) Sprinkle the cinnamon and salt over the top. Stir it up. Toss the bite-sized pieces of dried fruit over the top of the oat mixture. To be honest, you might want more than 1 1/2 cups here. Stir it all up. Drizzle the honey evenly over the surface of the oat mixture. Do the same with the oil. Stir it all up until everything is well coated - not too sticky, but not dry either. Put in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes, then stir well. Put the pan back in the oven. Repeat this process three more times (it could be two or four times, depending on your oven). You’re looking for the granola to be not-at-all wet, golden brown, with a bit of crunch.

Note: feel free to add more seeds and nuts, and whatever mixture of dried fruit you want.

Recipe Courtesy: Lisa B. of Tennessee

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