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Gluten Free Granola on a Dime

Monday, July 11, 2011

Well... $3.83 actually. After buying Gluten-Free granola this weekend while we were up in the mountains and then pricing it down here in Denver, I decided that as expensive as GF Oats are, SURELY I could make it myself for cheaper. And I did. I researched several recipes, gathering data from Clean Eating, Spark People, Alton Brown & All Recipes.com, as well as looking at ingredient lists on the backs of GF granola bags. Most used sugar AND honey (or maple syrup) and I didn't see that it needed to be that sweet. Most used some type of oil - canola, safflower, vegetable oil - sometimes to excess. Most had calories in the range of 200-300 per 1/4 cup serving. I decided that even though the majority of calories were coming from the healthy nuts, I could do better.

My first try is dang good, if I do say so myself, but I can make it better I'm sure. I used only the following ingredients...
GF Oats
Pure Maple Syrup
Safflower Oil (and a small amount at that)
Sea Salt (I tried to omit this, but it is definately needed to heighten the taste of the oats & nuts)

It rolled in at $3.83/lb (compare to $6-8/lb for packaged GF Granola) and
260 calories for 1/2 cup. Some of the recipes/store brands I saw were twice that! I've come to the conclusion that there is just no way to make a decent granola with low calories - but since I consider it a treat (vs. a staple), this is somewhere I could splurge!

Next try...
1. I'll try coconut oil instead of safflower. Frankly you could taste the safflower oil a bit. If I'm going to taste oil in my granola, I'd like to like the taste. Plus the cocnut oil is just so much better for you.
2. I think I'll try two types of nuts. Walnuts were all I had on hand today, but maybe cashews or pecans or almonds next time... (or coconut or sunflower seeds...)
3. I didn't think it was too sweet, but I'm wondering if I could go lower on the maple syrup without noticing much difference. One recipe recommended using apple juice concentrate. Maybe I'll do a little playing around with the sweetening agent.
4. Adding some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) would be a benefit too, but I'm just trying to get my basic recipe down before I start making different "flavors" (orange rind and nutmeg comes to mind...)
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    Sounds delish! I've been playing around with making my own 'energy bars', haven't tried granola yet, but it's on my list. Thanks for sharing.
    874 days ago
    That is awesome :) I made mine once. I need to start doing that again though!
    2286 days ago
    My sister has celiac's, I'm going to pass this recipe along to her. Thanks!
    2289 days ago
    2289 days ago
    sounds great!
    2289 days ago
    Sounds great! I am still too chicken to try GF oats. I am afraid I will react to them...Why don't you try pumkin seeds they are lower in calories if I remember correctly.
    2289 days ago
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