In my search for grain free options, I stumbled upon this idea. I have attempted making granola bars before with various ingredients and have never found the right combination for a bar with a great consistency. Or any consistency for that matter. Every “bar” recipe I’ve tried before turned into mushy crumbles. With some inspiration from around the internet and Pinterest, I was able to create this lovely “granola.” Some pieces turned out to be bar like, but most of it turned out to be a great granola. It has a great flavor, great texture, and knowing that I put only wholesome ingredients makes me feel really great about having this available for me and my husband to have something quickly available. There is a lot of time required to make these – but it’s not a lot of hands on time, so pick a day off you have and make these while you do something else around the house.
The flavor is so ridiculous that I had to hide some to photograph because my husband was gobbling it up! We ate it as a dry snack and with almond milk as a yummy cereal. The first cereal that doesn’t go mushy! Lovit!!!
I based my recipe off of this one, and know that you could switch out any nuts and seeds for others if you’d like.
Grain Free “Granola”
makes about 4 cups
1/2C sunflower seeds
1C of golden raisins or various small dried fruit of choice
1C shredded coconut
1/2C maple syrup
1/4C coconut oil
1/2t vanilla extract
a few dashes of cinnamon
First I put 3/4 of the nuts and seeds with the coconut in a food processor
and pulsed several times until it was a fine chop.
Then, I roughly chopped the remaining nuts and seeds and preheated the oven to 200 degrees.
Stir the two nut mixtures together with the dried fruit. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil with the vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Once the mixture begins to boil, promptly remove from heat…
Press into a pan lined with parchment paper.
Press into the pan well with the wooden spoon, greased fingers, or another piece of parchment paper. Set in the oven for 3-5 hours. The time will be determined by how thick your mixture is in the pan. If the mix hasn’t had time to dry out enough, it will be moist and crumbly. A few hours into the dehydrating process, most of the mix will be bar-like if you’d like to make nut bars out of the mix. Continue dehydrating to create crunchy “granola.”
Or like me, kick back with a bowl and enjoy!
Add a little almond milk. So delicious!