I don’t usually post anything about the recipes that I try that don’t turn out well but here’s one I made last night which failed in what it was supposed to be but became an inspiration for something else. I’ve always loved granola but there’s always something, often times raisins or nuts in it, that I can’t have (never mind all the sugar!). The oatcakes recipe I tried to make last night failed miserably – all it wanted to do was crumble. I thought and thought today, what can I do with this? Don’t want to throw it out, it tastes good, maybe use it as a topping for a pear brown betty. Then it hit me – it’ll make really tasty granola. So I added some pumpkin seeds, freeze dried raspberries and some small pieces of chopped dates and guess what – I was right! Oh so delicious! Here’s the basic recipe for the “oatcakes” which you can then add any number of dried fruits and nuts/seeds to for a delicious granola. Just watch out cuz it’s addictive!
Line a medium sized sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl combine:
2 cups uncooked gluten-free oatmeal
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup fine date sugar
In a small bowl (I used a 1 cup glass measure), combine:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
Stir to dissolve the baking soda before adding:
1/2 cup avocado oil
Optional at this point maybe add one or two spices:
1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, mace, coriander, ginger
Stir into the dry ingredients, the mixture will be crumbly but try to bring it together as much as possible. Spread out on the sheet pan and cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400 degrees about 5 minutes before the mixture is ready to bake. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool before breaking up and putting in a storage container (I used a gallon food storage bag). Add any number of ingredients such as:
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp hulls
1/4 cup of any type of nuts (if you can eat nuts) like chopped cashews, almonds, walnuts or pecans (roasted of course)
1/4 cup small pieces of chopped dates
1/4 cup freeze-dried fruit such as raspberries, strawberries, etc.
1/4 cup dried fruit like cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc. – even raisins for those who can eat them!
I must be quite slow on the uptake – it occurred to me while I was typing this that the original recipe writer probably wanted us to use cooked oatmeal rather than uncooked! I’ll have to try it that way.
4 thoughts on “Easy Oatmeal Granola”
I love that one thing didn’t quite work but the new thing turned out to be amazing. I’ll have to try this- it looks great. I haven’t found a store brand that suits me, so this would be great.
Thanks Jessica. I know the feeling exactly, why I stopped eating granola for decades, just couldn’t find one in a store that worked for me. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
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