Hooray…It’s National Cereal Day Orange Peel-Cardamom Gluten-Free Granola

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Hooray, March 7th is National Cereal Day and I celebrated this morning (really, most mornings!) with some Greek yogurt topped with my homemade “Orange Peel-Cardamom Gluten-Free Granola” and fresh blueberries.

Every time I make granola I tweak my basic recipe using whatever I happen to have in my pantry at the time. Recently I have ended up with quite a few nuts and flaked coconut leftover from photo shoots, as well as maple syrup and lots of oranges. One thing I noticed when looking back on previous granola posts is that each time I make it the mix gets simpler and simpler. Hopefully this translates into other parts of my life!

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Ingredients tossed together and spread out on parchment paper lined sheet pans ready for the oven…….

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… baked and finished off with additional ingredients.

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The candied orange peel (how-to candy orange peel here) and cardamom give this granola a wonderfully complex flavor that is both earthy and rich.

Here…..have a bite! Happy Cereal Day all month!

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Orange Peel Cardamom Gluten Free Granola

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves & pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries or cherries, divided
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened, divided
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup slices almonds
  • 1/2 cup slivered orange peel, plain or candied

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl mix together the rolled oats, whole almonds, pecan halves and pieces, half of the dried cranberries and half of the coconut flakes. Toss ingredients together.
  3. Whisk together the cardamom and maple syrup. Drizzle over the oat mixture and toss to coat all ingredients well.
  4. Evenly divide mixture between the two sheet pans and spread out into even layers. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring often, until mixture is a light golden brown.
  5. Remove pans from the oven and evenly divide the remaining ingredients between the two pans – the second half of the dried cranberries and coconut flakes along with the sliced almonds and orange peel. Stir around to mix and return pans to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove pans from the oven and let granola cool completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 3 months. You can also store in the refrigerator. A jar of homemade granola makes a great gift!

Teresa Blackburn      www.teresablackburnfoodstying.com     http://www.foodonfifth.com

“E.A.T. Granola”

E.A.T. (easy-as-that)

This is the beginning of a series of “how-tos” for foods that, made at home, are tastier & healthier than any store-bought version regardless of price.  I am calling this series “E.A.T.” which means “easy-as-that”…which is how I feel each time I whip up a batch of, among many other delectables, my most divine Granola.  E.A.T.s are for lazy Sunday afternoons, Saturday morning ramblings in the kitchen or any time when it is simply more pleasing to “create” than go shopping.

There will be other subjects in this series such as creamy homemade Ricotta, aromatic & flavored Sugars, fabulous & simple Syrups and savory herbed butters. Over the next few months I will share these easy-as-that recipes, but remember these are all my personal favorite flavor profiles so you might have to adjust recipes to suit your own palate and that is what e.a.t. is all about!

#1. E.A.T. GRANOLA

Ingredients:

2 cups whole almonds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 cup dried cherries

1 cup walnut pieces

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup dried blueberries

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup molasses or sorghum

1 1/2 Tbsp orange marmalade

1 1/2 Tbsp fig spread

2 Tbsp water

1 to 2 tsp sea or kosher salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients.

2. In a microwave safe container combine the molasses, marmalade, fig spread & water. Heat until hot, but not bubbly & stir well to mix.

3. Pour molasses mixture over dry ingredients in bowl and toss to coat. Make sure all dry ingredients are well coated.

4. Spread mixture out on a rimmed sheet pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until mixture turns a deep golden brown & caramelized.

6.  Turn oven off & allow granola to completely cool in oven. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt or kosher salt.

7.Spoon this perfectly crunchy granola in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.

Divine granola is perfect sprinkled over yogurt & fresh fruit, added to a morning muffin mix or eaten as a healthy low-sugar snack.

It’s as easy-as-that!