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Paleo Gluten Free and Sugar Free Granola Recipe
Gluten Friendly Granola!
Gluten Free Breakfast
I went gluten free last May after reading Dr. Davis' book, Wheat Belly. To be honest, I really began the Wheat Belly diet as a way to lose weight in a healthy manner. What I didn't realize before I began is that I had a gluten sensitivity.
After doing research after beginning the Wheat Belly diet, I found I had a lot of the symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity. While I may not have to be as diligent in avoiding wheat products as those who have Celiac Disease, I find I have a better quality of life having gone gluten free.
It's a shame, too, because I really loved bread. I mean LOVED bread. What were my favorite things to have for breakfast? Toast with lots of butter. English muffins with lots of butter. Pretty much anything in bread form with lots of butter. But now that I'm gluten free, what is there to have for breakfast?
Gluten and Sugar Free Granola Ingredients
- 2 cups of any nut of your choice (or a mixture)
- 2 1/2 cups of pitted whole dates
- 1/2 cup of seeds or flaked coconut (optional)
Healthy Homemade Granola
Most granola is made out of any combination of oats, nuts, honey, white or brown sugar, molasses, wheat germ, and dried fruit.
They're all natural ingredients, yes, but if you're gluten free, oatmeal or the wheat germ is out of the question. If sugar or fructose is something you're wanting to stay away from, then white or brown sugar, honey, or molasses is what you need to avoid.
Luckily, granola can still be eaten by those of use who are sensitive to gluten and sugar. With just a few minor ingredient adjustments, I have been able to stir granola into my Greek yogurt every morning for the past week.
But you're not just limited to putting it in your yogurt. I've also made it into a cereal. Just pour into a bowl and add almond or coconut milk. Now I can get up and out in the mornings without taking time to cook my breakfast. This healthy granola has now became my go-to breakfast staple.
Ready to make your own gluten free and sugar free granola? Well, grab your food processor and let's get started!
Making This Granola is Quick and Easy
Pour 2 cups of your nut of choice into a food processor.
*This will work with any kind of nut. I had almonds on hand, so that's what I used. You can also use more than one kind of nut. If so, just use one cup of each.
A 2,000 year old date pit was recently sprouted by Israeli researchers. What's more, it was a species of date that was considered extinct!
To your nuts, add 2 1/2 cups of whole pitted dates. Process your nuts and dates until the texture is chunky.
This is the appropriate time to add any seeds or flaked coconut if you wish. (1/2 cup)
* The dates are what give this granola sweetness. If you are watching your sugar intake because of diabetes, check with your nutrionist or doctor before eating dates. They are very sweet.
In a small cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, pour your granola mixture.
With the back of a spoon, spread your granola mixture until it is smooth and even.
Don't skip the parchment paper. The dates are very sticky and will stick to everything. The parchment paper keeps the dates from sticking to your hands and your pan.
(Plus you won't have a pan to wash!)
Next, lay a sheet of parchment paper over your granola and press down hard and evenly all the way out to the edges of your pan.
You want your granola to be as compacted as possible.
Refergierate until your granola is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator and remove your granola from the cookie sheet by pulling the parchment paper off of the cookie sheet.
Now it's time to make it look like granola! Take a knife or a spoon and cut the granola into chunks. It may be crumbly, but that is okay.
Enjoy Your Granola!
Store your granola in an airtight jar. When you're ready for some granola goodness, just mix it with some Greek yogurt, or have yourself a nice bowl of granola cereal with almond milk.
Want me to let you in on a little secret? I discovered this granola by mistake. I love Lara bars. And after noticing the ingredients were just nuts and fruit, I decided to try to make it myself. Well, it didn't turn out like a Lara bar, but the results are just as good. It just goes to show you there are no mistakes in the kitchen when you're cooking, just happy accidents!