I’ve realized that the only way for my cooking to be sustainable is with a few ingredients and a short time in the kitchen. This vegan-gluten-free granola recipe takes ten minutes. And for five of those minutes, you just have to sit and stare into the oven smelling an aroma of warming winter bliss.
If winter time makes it hard for you to get out of bed, pre-making this granola the night before will be one incentivizing reason to rise and devour a flavorful breakfast choice in the morning.
Some health benefits of this recipe for homemade granola
Oats are naturally a gluten-free pseudo grain rich in fiber, iron and b-vitamins. They can keep you full for long, regulate your blood sugar, and support a healthy metabolism, among many other benefits.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3s, an essential fatty acid which supports heart health, hormonal health and reduces inflammation.
The controversy over gluten
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and the many form of these grains.
Gluten is a common food sensitivity, and studies have shown that many known diseases and imbalances are linked to the consumption of it.
I strive for a mainly gluten-free diet because of past digestive issues I've struggled with, which I've connected to eating gluten myself through an elimination diet.
However, that doesn't mean that you need to give up gluten at all. Consult with a health coach, like myself, if you're curious to explore more about your relationship to gluten.
How to make homemade granola
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (preferably all organic):
1 cup certified gluten-free oats (you may also opt for non-gluten free oats)
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 handful of walnuts
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (This is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Use just cinnamon if you're feeling something more simple.)
A dash of pink Himalayan salt
A dash of maple syrup
Preferred amount of your favorite plant-based milk or yogurt
Preheat your oven to about 350F/ 175C
Stir all of the ingredients together
Toss them evenly on a baking sheet, and place in the oven
Leave the sheet in the oven for five minutes
Flip and mix the oats
Bake for five more minutes
Let cool, then serve over your favorite plant milk or vegan yogurt.
That's all! Please let me know how this turned out for you and what other kinds plant-based recipes you're interested in receiving information about.
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