Grain-Free Strawberry Granola

Strawberry Granola
Dana Angelo White
Total Time 35 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 20 min
Yield 24 servings (175 calories each)

Whether you’re following a lower carb lifestyle or simply in need of a celiac disease friendly snack, this grain-free granola is easy to make and downright addictive.

Granola without grains can easily be confused as glorified trail mix—unless you know the secret. The trick to perfectly crunchy clusters is chopping the ingredients in a good processor for a few short pulses before a quick toast in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Place coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 30 sections, until melted.
  4. In a medium sized bowl mix melted coconut oil, honey, salt, and vanilla and whisk well to combine.
  5. In a food processor combine almonds, pistachios, coconut chips and pumpkin seeds; pulse about 10 times to roughly chop.
  6. Pour contents of food processor into bowl with honey mixture and then toss to coat.
  1. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
  2. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (15 to 20 minutes). Remove from oven. Once completely cool, mix in strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

For an extra boost of flavor add half a teaspoon of ground cardamom, turmeric, or cinnamon to the honey mixture. You can also experiment with the colors and flavors of various types of freeze dried fruit.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Keep an eye on the granola towards the end of cooking to be sure the edges don’t burn; proper mixing periodically during baking will also help prevent this from happening.

Be sure that the mixture is completely cool before adding the freeze dried fruit, otherwise it can get soggy.

For easier honey pouring, coat your measuring container with a single spray of oil (or grease it with just a drop of oil) before adding the honey.

It'll help the honey slide right out into the bowl.

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