Granola {verging on the ridiculous}

December 2, 2011 · 10 comments

granola-grain-free

Ridiculous because I’ve already posted three different variations of granola in the past — and really, though I realize granola variations are virtually limitless, how many does one possibly need?

Apparently, I need at least four. Though I think of them more as progressions.

Well, except that this one might be a regression, in the minds of some, because it contains — you guessed it — no grains.

I actually made this for the first time a couple years ago, after a raw foodie friend brought me a jar for a holiday gift. I was hooked on the subtly-sweet nuttiness of the mix, and ended up making a couple batches myself — only stopping after realizing that because you can’t rely on inexpensive grains for bulk, it’s a relatively expensive granola to make (my family can go through a gallon-jar of granola in one week). I had been making it on rare occasions until last month, when of a sudden I was in need for grain-free breakfast options.

The original recipe is from one at Elena’s Pantry — a wonderful baking resource for folks going gluten- or grain-free. I’ve changed her recipe a bit to my liking, and mine is not raw, but the overall method is the same. Like it originally came to me, this would make wonderful gifts at the holidays, especially since so many people are going gluten-free and you just never know who might not be able to eat the oats in traditional granola. Of course, once you make it, there’s no guarantee it will actually end up in the gift jars, and not in your own.

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In other news, I’m going to San Francisco, for the first time ever. This Sunday.

(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Tim has a conference, and I’m tagging along, sans-kids, for our longest child-free trip in over 8 years. I’ll get to meet up with my friend Jen, who moved to the Bay Area from Indianapolis last summer. Our first stop will be lunch at a place called Burma Superstar — and I’m hoping to post along the way.

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Recipe: Grain-free Granola

: makes about 2 quarts

Note that this recipe is started the night before, as soaking the nuts and seeds renders them more digestible. If you already have soaked/dehydrated nuts on hand, you can substitute equal amounts, and just soak the dates/raisins for a few hours to hydrate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups other raw nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded cocout
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the nuts and seeds with 8 cups warm water. Let soak overnight.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine dates and raisins with 1 cup warm water, enough to barely cover. Let soak overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 300º, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Drain nuts/seeds in a colander, and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Place raisins & dates (along with their soaking water), vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a food processor, and puree until smooth.
  6. Add rinsed nuts/seeds to processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped (or to desired consistency). Remove to a bowl and stir to thoroughly combine.
  7. Divide among baking sheets, spreading thinly, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove sheets and flip/stir the granola. Return to oven and bake another 25 minutes. Stir again, and continue to bake another 10-20 minutes, or until granola is golden and dehydrated (it will get crunchier as it cools). If granola is browning too quickly, simply reduce oven temperature to 250º and continue baking.
  8. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Copyright © Katy Carter, 2011.

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{ 10 comments }

Barbara | Creative Culinary December 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I am so with you. I only recently started making my own granola and am now trying to catchup. I never will but it’s fun trying, right? I make mine with a lot of the same ingredients you’ve used but now I doubt any one batch will ever be like another. My day is not the same without some Greek yogurt and granola in the morning!

katy December 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

Barbara, I’ve been amazed at how granola is one of those things that’s never the same twice. Even times I try to stick to my current recipe, something in the making gets wacky, and I’ve made something different. Good, but different.

My husband dislikes this though, when he loves one batch and I can’t recreate it ; )

Beth (OMG! Yummy) December 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

You are coming to San Francisco!??!!! How long are you staying? Oh I wish I could get up there to see you. Thanks for pinning my carnitas – now if I could only figure out how pinning, tweeting, face booking, stumbling, emailing, texting, talking, and reading fit together in my relaxing, clutter-free, stress-free life…

This granola looks excellent, even without the oats! And I love your photo!

katy December 3, 2011 at 8:25 am

Beth!! Yes!! I’m coming to San Francisco!! It’s funny — I remember meeting so many CA bloggers at BHF, but never kept straight in my head where, specifically, everyone was located (and I’ve learned that the “Bay Area” can be interpreted as geographically quite large). Now I’m not sure anyone was in SF proper (that I met), so this trip might be food-blogger-free. Bummer, I’d love to reconnect! : (
(I’ll just have to get back to a conference again, someday…)

And on all the social media keeping-up — back in the summer, I gave up on trying to keep up with it all, it’s too time-intensive. But pinning I can do, and it’s completely selfishly-motivated — it takes the place of bookmarking, so I can keep all my to-try recipes in one place. I love it, though I rarely look at other pinboards.

dana December 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm
katy December 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

DJ, are you spamming?

dana December 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ha! No, I just thought you’d enjoy it. It’s a whole lot of bouncy balls bouncing down a street in San Francisco, to the music of Jose Gonzalez.

katy December 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

{sheepishly} sorry I missed the connection : / I’ll blame the brain cells I’ve lost with each child.

bethanyrx December 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

This looks delish… if you’re crazy enough to try *yet* another iteration, we love this one: http://www.civilizedcavemancooking.com/2011/04/caveman-crunch.html

Personally, I think the flavor has chocolate-chip-cookie undertones. 😉

~B

kelly December 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Katy,

Been meaning to comment about your trip – I hope you are having soooo much fun. I am so glad you could go together sans children. Can’t wait to hear how it went, and how the food was. So… no rice, either? :)

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