This gluten-free vanilla almond granola is extra crunchy, nutty and perfectly sweet! It is made with gluten-free oats, almonds, vanilla extracts and sunflower seeds. You can make really large chunks and use them as a topping for your breakfast bowls.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Vanilla almond granola is very easy to make at home. You can make it in less than an hour.
- Homemade granola is cheaper than store-bought. Although ingredients such as gluten-free oats can be costly, it will still be cheaper to make your own.
- You can meal-prep granola by making a big batch on the weekend or on your day off and have a homemade breakfast for the week.
Notes on gluten free oats
- Can people with gluten intolerance eat oats? Gluten intolerance is characterized by a hypersensitive reaction to gluten, a protein contained in grains like wheat and barley. This particular protein is not present in oats, which is why gluten-free oats are suitable for people on a gluten-free diet.
- What about avenin? People who are sensitive to gluten should make sure they tolerate avenin, a protein contained in oats. A small percentage of people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease also react to avenin and therefore shouldn’t consume oats.
- Why buy gluten-free certified oats? Oats can be contaminated with other cereals during the crops and post-processing, especially when processed in the same factories as gluten-containing grains. As a consequence, it is necessary to choose oats that are certified gluten-free.
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Vanilla Almond Granola (Gluten-Free)
- 2 ½ cups (200 g) gluten-free oats if using regular oats, use 1 cup quick oats + 1 ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup (100 g) almonds
- ½ cup (70 g) sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave sirup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup (150 ml) hot water
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- 2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips
- Chop the almonds roughly with a knife (or in your food processor).
- Add all the dry ingredients (oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and salt) to a large bowl and give it a stir.
- Add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, warm water and combine. Let sit for 15 minutes. The oats will absorb the moisture and make the mixture thicker.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Crumble the mixture over the baking sheet(s). You decide how big the chunks should be.
- Bake the granola for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure the granola is evenly baked.
- Let the granola cool down COMPLETELY before storing it in an airtight container. Optionally add in some dark chocolate chunks and cacao nibs.
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