This is not an empty promise, my friends! This is the most delicious gluten-free granola recipe you will ever come across. So please make sure you pin it, save it, print it, share it, because you don't want to miss this gluten-free recipe.
I know there are many great gluten-free granola recipes on the web, but this one is a little different. I made this gluten-free granola with puffed quinoa and that makes it not just delicious but also healthy. Healthy, delicious, and gluten-free granola sounds really good to me.
I will tell you a little secret, it was the first time ever that I made granola at home. There is a beautiful British Instagrammer who last week shared a gingerbread granola recipe. I really wanted to give it a go, but I had a little problem - I didn't have oats at home. I only had quick oats and wasn't sure how and if that would work. What I did have though, was a bag of puffed quinoa, which I bought it a little while ago and did not know what to use it for. And so I thought, why not try and make gluten-free granola with puffed quinoa? Oh, I am so glad I did!
Delicious gluten-free granola recipe ingredients:
Like I mentioned before I used puffed quinoa to make this granola recipe gluten-free. You might have heard already that quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. It is high in fibre and rich in iron. All of which makes this delicious granola a perfect breakfast and start to the day.
If you would like to know a little bit more about quinoa check out one of these two recipes with quinoa, Mediterranean Veggie Bowl with Tzatziki, and Buddha Bowl With Roasted Broccoli and Chickpeas.
I guess the biggest secret to this amazing granola recipe are the spices. I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger as per the original recipe which makes this granola taste like GINGERBREAD! In fact the whole house smelled like Christmas while I was baking the granola. So yum! Needless to say, my kids couldn't wait to try it.
Coconut oil holds all the ingredients of this delicious gluten-free granola together. It also adds a little bit of sweetness without overpowering the gingerbread taste. In fact you can hardly taste it at all.
You might have noticed, that recently there has been a lot of controversy about the health benefits of coconut oil (which is about 90% saturated fat). By now we all know that saturated fats raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and are not good for our health. But what's interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives "good" HDL cholesterol a boost. If you would rather not use the coconut oil you can swap for olive oil, which will give your granola more of a savory flavor.
This delicious gluten-free granola that tastes like gingerbread is sweetened with maple syrup. Did you know that maple syrup is extremely rich in manganese and zinc? Furthermore, one study found 24 different antioxidants in maple syrup (source). I do not suggest that you drink pure maple syrup for its health benefits, but it makes a very good substitute for refined sugar. Just make sure that you read the label before you buy it. You want to have 100% Canadian Maple Syrup. Most of the maple syrups that are sold in supermarkets are just a sugary coloured water mix.
I never realized how easy it is to make delicious and healthy granola at home. All you need are the ingredients, a big mixing bowl, a spoon, and a baking tray with parchment paper. You mix all the dry ingredients, add maple syrup and coconut oil, mix, put it on a tray and bake for around 15 minutes. That's it. I promise - you and your whole family will love it. Such an amazing healthy treat for you and your loved ones.
Here is the step-by-step recipe for this
Delicious Healthy Gluten-Free Granola.
Shall we make it?
Delicious Gluten-Free Granola Recipe With Quinoa Puffs
- 2 cups of puffed quinoa
- ½ cup of quick oats make sure you are using gluten-free oats
- 60 ml maple syrup
- 40 ml coconut oil
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup sultanas
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 180'C (356'Farenheit)
- In a big mixing bowl combine quinoa puffs, quick oats, cinnamon, ground ginger and nutmeg
- Melt coconut oil, do not overheat it.
- Add maple syrup to coconut oil.
- Add coconut oil and maple syrup mix to the dry ingredients. Combine well so that all quinoa flakes are covered with the coconut oil and maple syrup mix.
- Distribute the granola mix evenly on a baking tray lined with the baking paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes add the sultanas and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven and let the granola cool completely before breaking it up.
- Once fully cooled you can store your gluten-free granola in an airtight container or in a glass jar. Enjoy!
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How good is this granola recipe! I made it twice already and my son absolutely loves it. It tastes like Christmas 🙂 Thank you for sharing
So happy to hear you and your son are enjoying it!