Divine Granola - Gluten Free

Friday, June 1, 2012

Well, this was 'supposed' to be a fashion blog. Yeah, it just didn't come together today. Look for a fashion blog on Monday. Instead- today is going to be DIVINE granola Friday!! ;)

My stomach is growling just imagining a bowl of this scrumptious granola right now. I'm in the dining room as I type this, in between blogging and finishing up a sweet smelling batch of homemade granola! I know you are going to love this healthy and satisfying recipe.

This recipe is compliments of my cousin's beautiful wife- Jessica. I tried this granola for the first time while visiting them last week in Grand Haven and I fell in love. Ready to bake?! Ok, let's begin...

First, start by combining 6 cups of rolled oats, 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut, 1 1/2 cups nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc..), and 1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds in a large bowl.

After the dry mixture is stirred thoroughly, add a 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of oil (I used canola) to the dry ingredients and stir WELL.

(Picture of ingredients used- minus the oil & honey)

After the dry & wet ingredients are mixed well, spread the mixture evenly inside of a greased baking pan with edges. Bake at 300 degrees for 'about' 30 minutes. Stir the entire batch after 15 minutes to ensure it doesn't burn.

When the granola is evenly golden brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool on tin foil or wax paper.

Add in a 3 ounce package of dried cranberries (or raisins) to the cooled granola and stir well.

Serving size is a 1/2 cup! Enjoy.

Granola makes a wonderful gift! Bag it up and send it to someone you love. :)

That's a wrap for me today. I am so grateful for my wonderful friends and followers here @ The Bee's Knees. Please feel free to leave a comment or follow by Facebook. Both are great ways to stay in touch. Have a great weekend everyone!!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Tereza! :) It really is yummy. You should try it.

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  2. Melissa, that looks so delicious. Just a little warning to anyone who seriously needs to avoid gluten - granola is usually not gluten-free. It technically is (there is no wheat, rye or barley in oats) but usually because of the way it is transported and/or processed, it cannot be guaranteed gluten-free unless it says so on the packaging. That is important to know for someone who has Celiacs Disease (but I'm sure anyone who does would already know that.)

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  3. Mmm...that does look so good! And looks pretty easy to make. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! <3

    toni

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  4. @ Caryn: Thank you for that note! The only reason I posted it being gluten free is because my my cousin's wife Jessica is highly allergic to gluten and this recipe is fine for her to eat. But everyone should be 'extra' careful if they have been diagnosed with Celiacs Disease before making/eating this. Thanks again Caryn!

    @ Toni: Thank you for the comment! It really is delicious. You should try to make it sometime. :)

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  5. Looks so de-lish! I should make this for Uncle John & I. I love your packaging too! Great job Melissa!

    Love ya,
    Aunt Heather

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