Foodie Friday: Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Granola

It's a grey and dreary Fall day here at the Homestead.  So what better way to spend the morning then whipping up a batch of granola.  It's super easy and my recipe is nice and healthy too!  The thing I really love about making my own granola is that each time you make it ends up being a different creation.  Maybe you were out of this, or didn't have that, so you used those instead.  It really doesn't matter what you through in, it's always bound to be good.  And most of the time, that's how I roll...cooking with whatever is in the cupboard.  So for possibly the first time ever , I wrote down what I made today.  Hope you enjoy it!  And feel free to experiment and get creative.  As I am gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy/egg-free, there are none of those unpopular guys in this recipe.  But really, you don't need any of them anyways.  See for yourself!

Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Granola

Ingredients: 

5 cups of Gluten-free Oats
1 cup of Spelt Flakes (mine were organic)
1 cup of Raw Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2  cup of toasted buckwheat groats (Kasha)
1/2 cup of almonds - coarsely chopped
1/2 cup of walnuts - coarsely chopped
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ginger
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of Allspice
Sprinkle of ground Vanilla Bean
2 tbsp of Coconut Oil - melted
1/2  - 3/4 cup of Brown Rice Syrup - you can use maple syrup, agave etc. as a substitute

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix together all your dry ingredients until well blended.  Use your warming oven to melt your coconut oil in an oven proof dish.  Mix your melted coconut oil and brown rice syrup together and mix well.  Then add the mixture to your bowl of dry ingredients.  And mix it up.  This may take a bit of elbow grease, but you want to make sure all those awesome seeds, nuts and oats are coated in yummy, gooey goodness.  Pour your almost granola onto 2 baking sheets.  I like mined lined with parchment paper, but if you don't have any then simply grease the sheets with a little more coconut oil.
Bake for 12 minutes and then take them out and give them a good stir and then place them back in the oven some more.  You will need to repeat this a few times just until your granola is dried and slightly golden brown.  My batch took about 30 minutes overall. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool.  Then stir again to break up any delicious clumps.  And store in an air tight container.  This granola will last a few weeks in your cupboard if you don't eat it all before then.

This granola is great for breakfast as cereal or mixed into a yogurt.  Or why not stash a bit in your bag for an on the go snack?  It's even a great handmade gift served little mason jars tied with a bow.  The options are endless.  Add dried fruit if you like, take out the nuts, add some more spice or less, you choose...it's your granola!

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Foodie Friday - Quick & Painless Snacks for Kids



With two little ones at home we are always in need of quick and easy snacks to feed them.  We are a wheat-free and sugar-free household and people always ask us what we eat.  My response - pretty much everything you do!  By eliminating wheat and sugar we have essentially eliminated the majority of processed foods.  Which is not a bad thing, it just simply means that I need to plan ahead a little more.  I'm all about quick and easy and tasty!

Some of my favourites to have on hand are veggies, lots and lots of veggies.  I will clean and slice a whole whack of them and it will last us most of the week.  Great for tiny hands and also helpful if I'm in a pinch and need something to add  to dinner. 

Hummus is a big hit in our house. I also have a few different dip mixes on hand just in case.  Great for kids but also if you have unexpected guests they are super easy to whip up.  Some of my faves right now are dips from Epicure and Everyday Style.  They call for mayo and sour cream, but I will use Greek Yogurt as a substitute and what a great way to add a little protein.

My kids love anything they can eat with their hands.  Various types of fruit cut up, cheese and crackers and popcorn are huge in our house.  I'm always on the search for new recipes or ideas to switch things up.

Here's a few that we've enjoyed.  Why not share some of yours?

Chewy Granola Balls 
Easy Hummus
Easy Peasy Sugar-Free Balls
Kale Chips - yes I said Kale! 

Snacking in the kitchen,


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