Granola. Man, this stuff can be pricey, and extremely deceiving, as it is sometimes loaded with calories, and gluten. I came up with this idea a few weeks ago at my dear friend, Ally’s bachelorette party. Kari, the party planner, was so considerate and made sure everything was gluten free, including these quinoa and oat granola bars. 2 of my favorite things! I haven’t been able to find them anywhere, but luckily I found an empty wrapper floating around in my car this afternoon (no surprise there), and was reminded that I wanted to try and recreate these! Thanks for the idea, Kari!
This is a super simple recipe, and you can add whatever you’d like to it! Right now, I am super in to seeds of any sort, apricots, and blueberries. Preheat your over to 350, and let’s get to mixin.
Let’s start with your dry ingredients.
1 cup certified gluten free oats
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) raw and unsalted
1/3 cup raw almonds, sliced or chopped
Next, choose what type of dried fruit, chocolate pieces, or nuts you’d like to add. Add 1 cup of fruit add-ins, or 1.5 cups of mix ins total. I made one batch with dried cranberries and cherries, and one with dried apricots. Chocolate chips, or dried bananas and walnuts would be fun combos too!
Finally, mix these products together, and in a separate bowl, melt down 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 3-4 Tablespoons honey, or agave. You could also use Olive Oil if you prefer that flavor! Pour over the top of the granola mixture.
Spread in a thin layer onto the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, and bake for 25-30 minutes. When you take it out of the oven, it will be soft, and you’ll think you need to bake longer….DON’T. It will harden into a crispy granola, and you can separate it into containers once it is cooled.
This is a great way to start the day, mixed in with some Greek Yogurt, or by itself for a snack! Watch your doorstep this week for a mason jar full of homemade granola. Otherwise I’ll eat it all in one sitting!