A Unique Granola that’s worth a try

Granola

Though oats are completely gluten free—they often get a bad rap in the gluten free world because they are processed in the same plant as wheat. If you get certified gluten free oats though, they are a great grain to cook with {I like the gluten free oats by Trader Joes}. This recipe by Nigella Lawson caught my eye because of the use of a couple different seeds and the ginger. I also thought it was interesting that she used apple sauce. I had never seen this before, but the claim was that it would make the oats really crispy. I think it worked! This granola was delicious.  One other change I made was to use agave syrup instead of honey.  FYI: this recipe makes a HUGE batch so package a couple cups up and give it to friends!

4 ½ cups rolled oats

1 cup sunflower seeds

¾ cup white sesame seeds

¾ cup apple sauce (or apple compote)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¾ cup agave

¾ cup soft light brown sugar

2 cups whole natural almonds

1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups raisins

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients, except the raisins, in a large bowl. I used 2 large spatulas to get this stick concoctions completely mixed in.
  3. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 50 miunutes- or until nice and golden all over. Stir the oats a couple times during the baking to ensure an even toasting throughout.
  5. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool complexly before tossing in the raisins.

 

 

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