Are you looking for a healthier breakfast food? Gluten Free Maple Granola contains both healthy nutrients and flavor you will be absolutely pleased to serve!
Little Known Facts
The exact dates or origins of maple syrup is mostly unknown to us. Historians believe it began in North America in the 1550’s. Now having grown up in New England, we were told that maple syrup was brought to us by the woodland Native Americans. They collected sap from the maple trees and boiled it down to an edible syrup.
Benefits of Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is an antioxidant! Now this is great news, but it gets even better. When we look at sugar, we know that not all sugar is the same, nor do does it effect our body in the same way.
Maple syrup is among the richest natural unprocessed sugars we can consume. How is maple syrup compared to cane sugar? The process of making the sugar is much different. Cane sugar is made from the sugar cane stalks. Between the crushing of the sugar cane, to removing all the fibrous material, and then put through a refinery, it loses much of it’s nutritional value.
Another value of maple syrup is, it has a lower glycemic score making it easier on our blood sugar levels. The biggest difference is that when sap is boiled down to maple syrup, the syrup keeps much of its nutrients.
Maple syrup has an impressive amount of nutrients; zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. One of it’s best attributes is having the ability to lower inflammation in our body.
Gluten Free Maple Granola is a powerful little breakfast or snack food! The oats provide valuable nutrients and fiber. Oats are considered a high antioxidant food. The combination of oats, seeds, and maple syrup makes this granola an excellent choice!
Printable Gluten Free Maple Granola Recipe
Gluten-Free Maple Granola
- 3 c. Gluten-free Organic Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 c. Organic flaxmeal
- 1 c. Organic shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 c. Raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c. Chia Seeds
- 1/2 c. Maple sugar
- 2 T. Organic ground cinnamon
- 1/3 c. Organic butter or coconut oil
- 2 T. Pure maple syrup
- 2 T. water
Preheat oven to 325°. In a mixing bowl, add dry ingredients. Mix well using a whisk or spatula.
Prepare a 10" x 15" baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Pour dry ingredients onto the baking sheet and spread out evenly.
In a small saucepan, melt butter or coconut oil. Once it is melted, remove from the heat and add the maple syrup and water. Pour evenly over the dry ingredients.
Bake for 15 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir. The granola will begin to clump and turn slightly brown when done. Bake another 5-8 minutes if necessary.
Remove from the oven. Stir gently and let it cool completely. Store in an airtight container. (Glass canning jars make great storage containers.) The granola keeps fresh in the pantry for up to 1 week. It keeps up to several weeks in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Finding the Ingredients
Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats, Barlean’s Coconut Oil, Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut and Bob’s Red Mill flaxmeal can be purchased through www.amazon.com.
When possible, we purchase our maple sugar from a local sugar shack. Shady Maple Farms Pure Maple Sugar is a quality maple sugar from Canada. Crown Maple Organic Maple Sugar is another quality maple sugar. Both of these products can be found at here.
Enjoy Gluten-free Maple Granola with your favorite dairy-free milk or as a mid-day snack. When is your favorite time to enjoy granola?
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