Monday, November 15, 2010

Cinnamon Spiced Granola

This is THE recipe for granola.  We have tried tons and this is by far the best.  Every time I've served this to a guests, they have asked for the recipe. 

The cookbook from which this recipe comes, is filled with recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.  It's a great resource when entertaining people with allergies.  There are quite a few recipes that have nuts, but many of them offer alternatives.
the giggles
ready to cook

Cinnamon Spiced Granola from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

*If you have a nut allergy, then substitute sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for the nuts.

Makes about 5 cups

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup apple juice
¼ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional additions:
chopped dried apple
dried cranberries
dried cherries
shredded coconut
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place the rolled oats, chopped nuts, and spices into a medium-sized bowl.  Mix well.

Add the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla to the oat mixture.  Stir together.  Add shredded coconut and any seeds if desired, toss again.

Spread mixture onto a large cookie sheet and place in the oven.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes turning occasionally with a spatula.  (We like to add ½ cup of dried cranberries in the last five minutes of baking.)

Remove from oven and stir in any dried fruit if desired.  Let cool completely before transferring to a large glass jar.
the best part for kids... crushing the almonds
gooey and ready to be baked


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  2. I will for sure give this one a try!

  3. thanks for the nut substitutions...that was very kind.

  4. Emilee,
    I was thinking of YOU. I love that cookbook for food allergies but it is a little high on the nut recipes. Like I mentioned, many do offer alternatives, but still a lot that might be hard for you to adapt. I'll bring it next time we have tea and you can look it over. :)

  5. This is my favorite Granola!

  6. Hi Shelley,

    The fabulous Libbie sent me over...welcome to Blog Land! The granola sounds divine, thank you for the recipe! Your boys are adorable too!


  7. Hi Shel! What a great recipe!!! You better save me a little taste for Thursday :) ! I can'teven believe what an amazing cook you...oh & the boys...are!

  8. HI SHELLEY! Got word of your sweet blog from wonderful Libbie. Your boys are so scrumptious makes me want boys! Thanks for sharing your recipe...sounds yummy...I am a sucker for anything granola.

  9. Welcome to blog land! Your recipe sounds great.
    The boys are adorable and look like they are enjoying "cooking."
    Drop my blog as I am having a give might win!

    Smiles and Blessings,

  10. Oh my goodness I simply can't wait to try this out!!!!

  11. Hi Shelley,
    You're the second person I "know" who spells her name this way! I found you through Libbie's invitation. We live just across the river in WI and our family is trying to eat healthy too. I've never tried making my own granola but I'll give your recipe a go. It sounds very yummy!

    I look forward to reading future posts and getting new recipes to try.


  12. Hi! I heard about your blog from Libby, and I heard "Granola," and had to come! Yum. My friend just had a baby and she eats GF and DF, so this would be a perfect snack to take her and the little fam. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the blog world! It is way too fun around here. :)

  13. Hi Shelley,
    I'm visiting from Libbie's blog ~ welcome to the land of blog!
    The granola sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the photos of your sweet family too!

  14. Hi Shelley! I couldn't resist coming by to see who visited you! Each name made me smile as they are unique caring women! ALl special to me in different ways! See you tomorrow!!!

  15. This looks so good! I came over from Libbies... love that girl! Thanks for sharing wonderful healthy recipes, heaven knows I need them over here @ 612! Theresa xoxo

  16. Hi! I'm a friend of Libbie's, too.:) I'm wondering if you know what the sodium count is for this granola. My FIL needs low sodium stuff, and I would love to make this for him. And my family, too. I'm tempted on the spinach shakes, but think I'd have to make it without anyone watching;)

    Kristi S

  17. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I made it with my daughter today, and it is soooo yummy!

  18. I'm finally getting around to making this, Shelley. Didn't have coconut oil, and substituted reg. salt for sea salt, and my maple syrup is the Log Cabin variety...otherwise it's your recipe! Can't wait for a taste.


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