To make food for the food that we eat, ancient forest has to be cut down to grow soy or corn. That by itself is an atrocity, but it doesn't stop there. Those crops that are grown are GM crops, genetically modified to withstand the spraying of pesticides so that it kills just about everything except the plant itself.
Well, those words sound really good together don't they ? Gluten Free Granola, repeat 'em a couple of times and feel the water softly dripping into your mouth. This recipe is also sugar free, but contains a truckload of fruit sugars and the natural sugars in the gluten free grains. These will keep you going for a long time without the heavy feeling in the gut. When I'm off for a heavy days work - working outside, heavy labor - this is my bowl of heavenly goodness that gets me through the morning. No more feeling nausea after eating those sugary cornflakes for me!
What do we need?
An oven to bake and a baking tray, a container to store the cereal. A little patience and for the love of Jebus, don't give up if yo
Preparation time : 30 to 45 minutes
For the granola
* 1 cup Millet Flakes
* 1 cup Amaranth Flakes
* 1 cup Buckwheat Flakes
* 1 cup Quinoa Flakes (optional if your oven is big enough)
* 1/4 cup Fresh Apple juice (I use demeter organic apple/pear juice, oh my the goodness)
* 2 tablespoons maple syrup
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon or more to taste
* 1 tablespoon vanilla powder
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* a pinch of sea salt
* a pinch of (cayenne) pepper
* a little bit of coconut oil
For the extra fruity (organic) goodness
* dried blueberries
* dried figs
* dried abricots
* dried banana
* dried cranberry
* dried mulberries
* chia seeds
* hemp seeds
* coconut flakes
Ok, I guess you got the picture for the dried fruit ... Go nuts (hehe) and make a combination that you prefer. Maybe even with some raw chocolate and hazelnuts ? Or go tropical with dried mango and aronia berries. Whatever floats your boat, personally I can never miss the good raisins, dried mulberries and cashews! If you are an expert in nutrients of food, make a nice compilation of required vitamins and minerals and give me a holla :)
Start by chopping your dried fruit or nuts if necessary and place em all in a bowl, mix em together. This should be enough to prickle your nose and heighten your senses. Allow yourself to have a few bites.
Preheat your oven to 180 ° C and rub in some baking paper with coconut oil.
Now you'll be surprised as to how simply this actually is, and by doing it more and more you'll become faster and better at it.
Take a large bowl and pour all the dry ingredients together, mix 'em good with a large spoon.
Put in the maple syrup and a little bit of the apple juice and stir.
Again, in this recipe it's all about the consistency.
So you should have a consistency that is not too dry and not too wet !
Yes, I can hear you think "Sure Mr. SmartyPants, thanks for that useful information you have given me, now I certainly know how it's done. *insert sarcastic smiley* "
Better be it a little too dry than too wet in my experience, also you can make it more wet but it can't dry more.
The mix of grains should stick together a little bit, smell of deliciousness and is now ready to put on the baking tray.
Spread evenly on your baking paper, chop here and there with a spoon so that it's not completely smoothened out.
Put your timer on 45 minutes (most likely, it will require less time but I have a very little oven)
Now every 10 or 15 minutes take out the tray and reverse the granola with a spatula so that all sides are nice and evenly baked. Do this until the granola looks crispy or starts to brown too much. You don't want it baked too hard!
Remove from the oven and let it cool down. Every few minutes stir and reverse the granola so that all pieces can become evenly crispy. Yes, cooking is also kinda science :)
When it's cooled down you can mix your unique blend of dried fruits, nuts and seeds and store it in a container.
This tastes absolutely delicious with homemade hemp or almond milk.
Hopefully you'll like it as much as I do, and benefit from it the same way.
Lots of love,
This is one of the hardest things in a gluten free diet to replace. Especially in a country like where I live. Bread is everywhere, and when I say everywhere you can take that literally. There are as much vending machines for bread as there are for sodas or candy. It's a comfort food, it's easy and filling. If you follow my simple steps, where years of trial and error have made me both miserable and happy, you'll be eating 'the real thing' soon as well.