Now, sometimes I want all of that, but a little more fiber, a little less sweetener, and a little less oil. Here is another recipe that is almost JUST as good as the original, but delivers a slightly healthier version. To make things simple, I call it "Lighter Grandma's Granola". Enjoy!
- 3 ¼ Cups gluten free oats
- 1/2 Cup milled flax seed
- 2 Cups chopped whole raw pecans (unsalted)
- 1 Cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 Cup honey
- 1/4 tsp liquid stevia
- 1/4 Tablespoon salt (or less, this is pretty salty, but that is how I like it!)
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 Cup flattened rice (optional) or flattened quinoa flakes (optional)*
Spread onto a large baking dish. (I use a 12x12 glass baking dish and it is the perfect size!)
Bake at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes. (You CAN bake it at 325 for 25-35 minutes, but it is easy to burn, so you have to watch closely and pull it out before it browns). You don't want this to looked browned when it comes out of the oven. Just a touch darker than when it went in. By the time everything has browned, it is burnt. Also, let it cool completely before transferring to storage. It will set up as it cools.
Where to buy flattened rice? It used to be that EnjoyLifeFoods sold flattened rice as a great alternative to oats for gluten free baking. I buy mine from Indian food stores, and it is labeled at Poha. You can omit this ingredient if you do not have it, and the granola will still be a delight.