Granola is one of the best snack foods available. Not only is it quick to make, tasty and readily available, but it is also healthy. A large bowl of granola on the kitchen table is a great solution of either midday or midnight munchies!
But, is it gluten-free? It can be difficult to tell, especially because certain kinds of granola contain foods which are dangerously close to gluten, such as, oats, seeds and nuts. How do you know whether or not the products are gluten-related?
One way to tell is to look on the label of the package for “certified gluten-free.” If this is written on it, than you know for sure that all of the ingredients are gluten-free and that the product was made in a completely gluten-free facility. Usually, health food stores and even some grocery stores sell certified gluten-free granola.
Another way to ensure that your granola will be safe for you to eat is to make it yourself with certified gluten-free ingredients. Granola is fairly simple to make and many recipes can be found for it on the internet. Below are some of the best for gluten-free granola.
Gluten-Free Granola Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes.
Yields: 5 pounds of granola
- 8 cups of certified gluten-free rolled oats
- 3 cups of raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 2 cups of flax seeds (not ground flax meal)
- 1 cup of raw sesame seeds (not toasted)
- 1 cup of chopped raw unsalted almonds
- 1 cup of chopped raw unsalted walnuts
- 1 cup of chopped raw unsalted pecans
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter or ghee (clarified butter)
- 1/2 cup of fine quality oil (recommended – sesame oil or light olive oil)
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of 100% maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of brown cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Optional: 1 cup of dry unsweetened fruit (raisins, craisins, apricots, etc.) If adding dried fruit decrease the amount of sunflower seeds from 3 cups to 2 cups.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. or 163 degrees C.
- Line to large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix certified gluten-free rolled oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts and pecans in a large (at least 6-quart) mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly to combine.
- Place butter, oil, honey, maple syrup, brown cane sugar, cinnamon and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla extract.
- Carefully pour half of hot syrup mixture over oat mixture in the bowl. Stir to coat dry ingredients. Pour remaining syrup over oat mixture and stir again, until all the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
- Pour half of mixture on each parchment paper lined baking sheets and use a large spoon or spatula to evenly spread the mixture on the baking sheets. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove baking sheets from oven and stir ingredients. This ensures that the baking will be even. Return baking sheets to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or just until mixture starts to turn golden brown. Watch baking time carefully to avoid burning.
- Remove baking sheets from the oven. For chunky gluten-free granola, stir ingredients once and allow to completely cool. For a more cereal-textured granola, stir the granola more frequently as it cools. When cool, place granola in airtight containers and store in the refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy Teri Gruss
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes
Yields: About 10 cups
- 5 cups of oats (please make sure that they are certified gluten-free)
- 2 cups of coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup of sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit (recommended – apricots, sour cherries and golden raisins)
- 3/4 cup of maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of canola or any other vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Make sure you use a large baking sheet or a roasting pan for this. Sprinkle the cinnamon, ginger and salt over the top. Stir it up.
- Toss the bite-sized pieces of dried fruit over the top of the oats mixture. You may want to use more than the 1 1/2 cups specified. Stir it all up.
- Drizzle the maple syrup evenly over the surface of the oats mixture. Do the same with the oil. Stir it all up until everything is well-coated -not too sticky, but not dry either.
- Bake for 12 minutes, then stir up the granola-in-the-making, then put the pan back in the oven. Repeat this process two, three or four more times depending on your oven.
- Pull it out of the oven and let it cool before devouring.
Recipe courtesy Gluten Free Girl
Maple Cinnamon Crunch Quinoa Granola
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Yields: 4-5 cups
- 1 cup of quinoa, uncooked (rinsed well and drained)
- 1 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut chips
- 1/3 cup of flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 3/4 cup of raisins or dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl or directly in a roasting pan, combine all of the dry ingredients, including the spices.
- If solid, heat the coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl on high for 20-30 seconds until melted.
- Pour the coconut oil and maple syrup evenly over all of the granola.
- Toss it all very well to make sure that the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Make sure the granola is evenly spread in a thin layer in your roasting pan (you can also use a parchment paper lined baking sheet as well).
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, and slightly crisp. Stirring a few times while it is baking.
- Cool completely in the roasting pan or on the baking sheet. As it cools the granola will crisp up even more. Cool fully before placing in an airtight container for storage. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy Tasty Yummies
You can also buy pre-made gluten-free granola from the internet or at a local health food store. Just make sure that the package is clearly labeled gluten-free! There are many certified gluten-free brands of granola. Some of the best are listed here…
Bakery on Main Granola Nutty Cranberry Maple
Here is a great tasting brand of gluten-free granola! Not only is it delicious, all-natural, yeast-free, dairy-free and oat-free, but this product is also easy to order online at a fairly reasonable price. In addition to this mix, Bakery on the Main offers four other varieties of gluten-free snack mixes. All of the mixes are highly rated by consumers for convenience, quality, effectiveness and satisfaction. This is one gluten-free granola that you should definitely try!
Udi’s Gluten-Free Granola Au Naturel
Here is another delicious pre-made granola made with certified gluten-free oats. Besides being gluten-free, the mix is also dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and egg-free. The granola itself is crunchy, high-quality and tastes great without being over-sweet. It is the perfect topping for yogurt, cereal and muffins. You can purchase this mix online from Vitacost at a relatively low cost. This tasty granola is one snack food that you can confidently eat without worrying about having any harmful side-effects!
Enjoy Life Cinnamon Raisin Crunch Granola, Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free
This granola is absolutely allergen free (as you can see from the title) and it is a great staple for cereal or yogurt. This brand particularly highlights the cinnamon flavor and the chewiness of the raisins. It’s, also, very crunchy which is why makes it such a good stable for soggy foods. Enjoy Life is an easy brand to find on the internet; in fact, you can get some great deals for gluten-free items by shopping on amazon. Enjoy Life granola is the perfect gluten-free snack for you to consider.
So if you are looking for something healthy, delicious, all-natural and, of course, gluten-free than you really should consider adding gluten-free granola to you pantry’s snack items. That way you’ll always have it on hand for whenever you get attacked by the munchies! You can decide to obtain, or even create, a recipe for gluten-free granola and make it at home. Or, you can buy pre-made granola online or at the grocery store. The choice is yours!
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