To describe the last month as “busy” would be an understatement. Kris and I have been insanely wrapped up in work, our upcoming move to our new home, and trying to find any time in between to tackle the everyday tasks. We have a lot happening in the near future and the excitement is beyond words. Forgive me for being absent for the last few weeks, please know that I am constantly trying to get back here; to this space where I can sit down and be nothing else but…me. I am almost saddened when too much time has passed in between blog posts, there’s this disconnect with my inner creativity and I feel a bit uninspired and unfruitful. I have to shake myself out of the slump and remember that this here is my happiness. My outlet to not only share my recipes, but my feelings and, of course, the affection I have the for the craft. So, just to be clear, the next couple months will be difficult for me to make the time to share more recipes here but I will try my damnedest!! That I can promise.
Kris and I belong to a few local wine clubs here in town, and one of which not only includes wines in the quarterly gift basket but they also give delicious cheeses and other fun little accoutrements. At the last wine pick up party we received a little bottle of wild lavender honey. I immediately thought “granola” and I knew that it would have to be made sooner than later. I have been wanting to make another version of granola for quite some time and this was the perfect opportunity. I had some quinoa flakes in my pantry and figured it would be an excellent addition to the rolled oats. Quinoa flakes are essentially just quinoa that have been rolled and flattened into a flake. They are, of course, gluten free and supply an excellent source of protein. I found the quinoa flakes at a local health food store (Whole Foods, Mother’s, or Hanson’s). If you can’t find the quinoa flakes, adding more oats would be just fine. This recipe makes about 5 cups of granola, so feel free to share…your friends will love you forever!
- 2.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes (see note)*
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, in liquid form at room temperature
- 1/4 cup + 1 TBSP wild lavender honey (or any honey you like, or maple syrup)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (use anything you like, I used dried wild blueberries and dried cranberries)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flakes, almonds, flax seeds, salt, ginger, and cinnamon and mix to combine. Add in the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla and mix well. Lay the granola out on to the prepared baking sheet and spread it out into an even layer. You will bake the granola for a total of 25 minutes, but halfway through the bake time, take the granola out of the oven, stir around, and then spread back out in an even layer before baking it for the rest of the time. Remove from the oven, and let cool. The granola will get crispier as it cools. Add the dried fruit and break it all up with a spatula. Serve with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit. Store in an airtight container for a few weeks at room temperature.
- If you can’t find quinoa flakes at your local health food store, simply substitute for more oats.