Gluten Free Chocolate Granola

Stephen and I are HUGE fans of Jessica’s Gluten Free Granola. We specifically love the Chocolate Chip one. Each bag costs $7.00. Although it is delicious, it is expensive and does not last long in our house (Stephen might love it too much). I had an urge to make granola the other night so I pulled together a variety of ingredients and came up with this delicious mix. What’s even better is it satisfies your sweet tooth just like Jessica’s! The recipe made two jars and does not even come close to $7.

Gluten Free Chocolate Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 1 c chocolate coco crispies
  • 1/2 c gluten free oats
  • 1.5 c puffed rice
  • 1/4 c sugar free syrup
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips
  • 5 walnuts
  • 1/4 c pumpkin seds (optional)
  • 1/4 c coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
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You could also add raisins or dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375

2. Mix oats, cereal, and pumpkin seeds together, place in baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

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3. While the oats are baking, mix the honey and syrup together. Whisk until honey dissolves.

Image-74. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder.

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5. Remove oat mixture from oven and place back into mixing bowl. Evenly mix liquid with oats.

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6.  Mix  in remainder ingredients. Spread evenly into a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

7. Remove the granola from the oven and use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate chips evenly. You can opt to put the chocolate chips in after so that they don’t loose their shape however spreading them allows the mixture to clump up and makes it even chocolatier!

8. Allow the granola to cool and then place in an air tight container.

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Gluten Free Granola Goodness

I love granola. I actually love being gluten free. I love gluten free granola… go figure.

Recently I have been purchasing a ton of granola for Stephen and I must say it is delicious  However, the brand we like is pretty pricey (6.99 for a small bag). Lets be real… this post isnt about being frugal. I miss making granola, so you guessed it… I made some! I made a batch Saturday night and sadly burned it. I re did the recipe this evening and had much better luck.

In regards the ingredients I need to confess I LOVE chex. I have always been a fan but since I have learned that they are gluten free my love for them has deepened. Naturally I used chex in my granola and as you might have guessed… its the jam.

I feel I should put a disclaimer in. I didn’t really eat ceral growing up because I detested milk. Eating dry cereal is great but it does not compare to the greatness that is soaked cereal pieces in cold milk. I am incredibly biased towards all granola and cereal based foods now. My deprived childhood has led to an adult life filled with cereal addiction. WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END?!!?

Gluten Free Cinnamon and Chocolate Granola (aka Heaven)

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Stats:

6 servings
.5 c= 1 serving
191 calories
31 carbs
5 g fat
4 g protein

Ingredients:

2 c cinnamon chex cereal
1 c gluten free oats
1.5 tbsp honey
.5 c organic apple sauce
1.5 tsp cinnamon
100 calorie package of cinnamon almonds
1/4 bar 365 dark chocolate with coconut

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place oats and chex in bowl. Mash chex with potato masher. Transfer to baking dish and heat for 5 minutes.
lightly toast

lightly toast

  • Meanwhile in a small bowl mix together honey, cinnamon, and apple sauce.
  • Remove oats from tray and evenly mix honey mixture into batter. *The key is to evenly coat the oat mixture
evenly coat

evenly coat

  • Fold in nuts and chocolate
the chocolate will melt and help conjeal the mixture

the chocolate will melt and help conjeal the mixture

  • Place in oven for 10 minutes- flip mixture- cook for an additional 7 minutes. Make sure to monitor.
  • Remove from oven and place in open air until cool. Place in sealed container and store. YUM!

Great over yogurt, cereal, or as a snack. You can even use this to make bars!

Not too shabby

Today I ventured into matzo granola. I must warn that it is not as good as real granola, but I think for the purpose it serves, its a pretty darn good supplement. I was inspired to try this swap when I read a recipe on a vegetarian passover website. I actually didnt use their recipe at all, this is an original, woo! You can totally swap and add to this recipe, and I recommend doing so. I didn’t have too many dried fruits in the house, otherwise I would have added more. I am going to make my servings 1/4 of a cup, and based on this I believe the recipe should last almost the entire week.

Ingredients

apple sauce not pictured

2 caps of vanilla extract

6 pieces of matzo (make it into meal but mashing it up with your hand in a deep bowl)

cinnamon (thoroughly cover mixture)

1/3 cups of nuts ( I grabbed whatever I had which included: blanched almonds, sliced almonds, and walnuts)

1 cup of raisins ( you can also add cranberries, apricots, dried apples, or dates)

3 tbs of honey

3 tbs of organic apple sauce

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325. Mix all ingredient (do not put dried fruit)  in mixer. Make sure the ingredients mix evenly. Place mixture in casserole dish. Set on middle rack and bake for 30 minutes, check around 15 and turn to avoid burning.

Do not place dried fruit in mixture

At 30 minutes take out mixture and add dried fruit. Bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. Let granola cool and store in an air tight container. Add to yogurt and fruit!

kosher for passover granola 🙂

make your morning better part (1): granola

Nothing makes my mornings better than a delightful breakfast, a workout at the gym, and great walk with my dog. One of my favorite breakfasts is a homemade parfait! I use 0% vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt, homemade granola, and a ton of fruit. I have finally perfected the granola using a few different techniques. I can now rest because the texture and distribution of cinnamon is exceptional. Take a chance… try the recipe.. and make your breakfasts better, ha!

Healthy Homemade Granola

Ingredients

1/4 c of raisins, cranberries, slivered or slices almonds

cinnamon – use as much or as little as you like. I probably put a little more than a tbsp

1 tsp- ground ginger

1 tsp- vanilla extract

3 c uncooked oats (buy the off brand, you’ll save money and it tastes the same)

2 cups rice crispy cereal (buy the off brand, you’ll save money and it tastes the same)

6 tbsp of honey (We bought locally produced honey from a near by farm and you can really taste the difference. If you can obtain such honey I highly recommend it.)

1/4 c of apple juice

1 tsp of canola oil

Directions

Heat oven to 350 and mix oats and crispies together in a large baking dish.  Place dish in oven and let bake for 10 minutes.

keep this bowl close.. you are going to need it later.

turn oats once while in the oven

While the oats are baking prepare your mixture. In another bowl mix together all the ingredients with the exception of the dried fruit and almonds. Mix well so that honey is dissolved.

heavy on the cinnamon but it was delicious!

Now here is the part where it is critical to follow directions! Once the 10 minutes are up spoon a small amount of the oats back into the large bowl and then spoon a small amount of mixture on top. Mix the liquid with the oats and repeat. The big part of this whole recipe is making sure all of the oats are coated. When it is evenly distributed you get a much crunchier granola mix. After, mix the whole batch, and spoon it back into the cooking dish. Then place almonds in dish and mix. Bake for additional 18 minutes, mixing the granola ever so often.

evenly coated

After the 18 minutes are up, take out your granola, add the dried fruit and place in an air tight container. Do not put the lid on the container until granola is cool.

enjoy!