Easy gluten-free granola

I’ve (PD) always liked the idea of granola, but never ate it because of some of the ingredients—mainly coconut (which I hate).  But several years ago Real Simple magazine had a recipe called Easy Granola.  The recipe does include coconut, but the other ingredients are ones that I like.  And because I’m making it, I can leave the coconut out.  The flavoring comes from syrup, instead of honey or agave, another plus for me. 

Dragonfly loves this granola and eats it most mornings for breakfast.  This granola is great for DF’s food issues as it is gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free.  I prefer to eat it as a nibble in the middle of the afternoon. 

The original recipe which is here, takes about 35 minutes from start to finish to make-super easy.  

I’ve adapted the recipe over the years to this:

½ cup organic syrup (I prefer dark)

2 tablespoons of organic canola oil

½ teaspoon sea salt

4 cups organic gluten-free oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill)

1 cup of organic roasted almonds

¼ cup organic pumpkin seeds

¼ organic sesame seeds

1 cup organic cranberries (or organic raisins or a half cup of both)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the first three ingredients together, and then add everything else (but NOT the cranberries or raisins, save them for later).  Spread on a cookie sheet, put it in the oven, bake for 15 minutes, take it out and turn the mixture over.  Put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  When it’s done take it out and add the cranberries or raisins.  Mix everything together and let it cool.  I prefer it cooled; the oatmeal and almonds are too chewy when it’s still warm.

This granola will figure prominently in our menu on the Appalachian Trail, both as a breakfast and for breaks in the morning and afternoon.  A half of cup of granola is 282 calories.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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2 Responses to Easy gluten-free granola

  1. Oh how I love pumpkin seeds with almonds! I bet it would be so tasty sprinkled over a bowl of fresh stone fruit like peaches and plums.
    Also – you’re from the Black Hills! Many relatives of mine are there – what a gorgeous place, especially Packtola (sp?) lake =0)
    (PS: have you ever tried LouAna coconut oil? It’s got no flavor at all, and has the same mouth feel as butter.)

    • Yes, the Black Hills are beautiful. Dragon Fly and I hike the Centennial Trail in August of 2012, we hiked right by Pactola Lake.

      I think Dragon Fly has used Coconut oil for cooking, but I don’t know what brand it was.

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