I really hate paying through the nose for gluten-free granola, so I decided to try making some here at home. It was incredibly easy — I’ve made three batches so far, and am getting ready to make a third tomorrow.
I started with this recipe from chow.com (here), which was wonderful. I skipped the dried fruit and the nuts/seeds, as so many of those foods are migraine triggers for me. Just plain granola is good enough for me.
3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used melted coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(1/2 cup small-dice dried fruit – optional)
(1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw or toasted nuts or seeds – optional)
1 Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2 Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
3 Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
4 Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.
5 Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.)
6Add the fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine.Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
The second time I made it, I decided to try maple syrup as a sweetener instead. It worked great!
For the third batch, I used half rolled and half steel cut oats (all I had), substituted olive oil for coconut oil, and used maple syrup as the sweetener again. Oh, and added a little more salt. It was delish! I’ll probably go back and forth a few times between the olive oil and the coconut to see which one I like better.
In conclusion: this recipe is really good, allows for substitutions and changes, and I can’t repeat enough how easy it is to make. :}