Basic Granola (Gluten Free)

I’ve never had a particularly good relationship with insects.

As in, a grasshopper puked on me when I was younger, I’ve found at least four bugs in beds I’ve slept in, my mosquito bites get humongous, and the first time I ever got stung was by a wasp and a bee on the same day. On my stomach.

I’ll admit it. These encounters have left me kind of paranoid. (Anyone else check under their pillows and blankets for bugs before they crawl into bed each night? That’s normal, right?) But now I KNOW the bugs are out to get me.

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You see, a giant spider has decided that our back door is a perfect place to set up spider shop. Its web extends about a third of the way down the doorway, so we have to duck if we want to grill or water the plants. SUCH CRUELTY.

During the day when the spider is off doing whatever spiders do (plotting world domination), we get rid of the web with a stick, but lo and behold, by the next day the web is back.

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As if this wasn’t bad enough, today a wasp decided that our front door was prime real estate for a nest. It literally built a nest ON our front door. Not on the frame, but on the front door. Yep, can’t even open that one now. (Update: my father has since taken a hose to our front door and washed the nest away—brave man. Fingers crossed it doesn’t reappear and/or the wasps don’t wage war on our household.)

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If it weren’t for the garage door, WE WOULD BE TRAPPED.

Watch, a praying mantis battalion will be waiting outside of the garage tomorrow.

At least in the event of an insect takeover, I have homemade granola to comfort me.

I am definitely a granola girl. I like it on yogurt, with some almond milk like cereal, sprinkled on a fruit crisp, and even just by itself. The sweet crunch of toasted oats and nuts mixed with the chewy tartness of dried fruit creates a texture adventure for your mouth, and it’s super filling and nutritious—I can’t get enough!

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I used to buy granola, but it’s super easy to make and will save you tons of money coming from your own kitchen. Plus it’s one of the most customizable foods out there. Any dried fruit will work, as well as any nuts and seeds. Throw in some pumpkin pie spice during the fall for a fun twist, or a splash of vanilla for extra flavor. You can even add some dairy-free chocolate chips after your granola has cooled completely if you’ve got a giant sweet tooth like me! The {HEALTHY} possibilities are endless! Unlike the number of ways I can exit my house currently…

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Today’s recipe is just an all-purpose, basic granola recipe to get you started. Feel free to tweak it to your liking. To make this recipe even more nutritious, add some chia or flax seeds. Yum!

You will also notice that I FINALLY have a link to print the recipe. That’s been a work in progress, but I’ve figured out how thanks to the vast interwebs. (Ugh, I just made myself think of spiders.) I’ll be working on making print pages for my previous recipes, promise! Okay, go make granola.

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Basic Granola (Gluten Free)
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Ingredients:
4 cups (360 g) old fashioned oats (look for certified gluten free oats to make this recipe GF)
Pinch salt
1 cup (128 g) mixed nuts and seeds (I used sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds)
1 cup (120 g) dried fruit (I used raisins, cranberries, and cherries)
¼ c. (2 fl. oz.) melted coconut oil
¼ c. + 2 tbsp. (about 128 g) sweetener like honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave, or a combination

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an edged baking pan with aluminum foil.
2. Mix oats, salt, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
3. In a separate small bowl, mix coconut oil and sweetener until combined. Pour into bowl with oats and mix until evenly incorporated.
4. Spread granola on pan in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, mixing every 8-10 minutes and again when the granola comes out of the oven. For chunky granola, don’t mix. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Store in a jar for easy snacking. Granola will last a few months.

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