Monday, October 6, 2014

Grain-Free Granola

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Yogurt and granola is one of my favorite snacks.
I love to make my own granola, but I have always used oats as my base.
You know how I LOVE my oats!
This recipe for grain-free granola had me intrigued, so I thought I would give it a go.

Instead of oats, grain-free granola is full of nutty goodness like almonds, walnuts,
pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes.

It is lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and it is delicious!
I loved this granola!
I didn't even miss my oats.
The grain-free trend maybe on to something :)

Grain-Free Granola

3/4 C raw almonds
1/2 C raw walnuts
1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 C raw sunflower seeds
1/2 C unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 T chia seed
1 T ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 T coconut oil, melted
1/4 C pure maple syrup (I used coconut oil)
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, combine almonds, walnut, coconut, chia seed and flax seed.
Pulse 4 to 5 times or until roughly chopped.
In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt.
In a large mixing bowl, add chopped nut mixture, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds;
tossing to combine.
Pour syrup mixture over the nuts; tossing until well covered.
Spread mixture out evenly on your prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Stir and bake for another 10 minutes or so, watching carefully so it doesn't burn.
Place baking sheet on a wire rack to let the granola cool.
Store in an air-tight container.

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