Organic Granola Recipes: Maple Vanilla &Chocolate Chip
Granola always brings back sweet memories for me. I remember when I was a kid my dad would come home from work with one of those old tins, (you know the ones that had Christmas scenes on them, and were once full of some sort of Scandinavian cookies) and when he would shake it, we knew exactly what it was! Not cookies, but my grandma’s granola: simple, sweet and crunchy, the perfect granola! Now that I’m grown and have a gluten sensitive daughter we have steered clear of granola and my kids’ favorite, granola bars. Steering clear of this isn’t only due to gluten intolerance, but also because often traditional, store-bought granola can be overly sweetened, processed and if you buy it at a conventional grocery store it will most likely contain GMO’s. We don’t want that. It’s always best to make your own or buy an organic granola brand which assures you that it is GMO free!
After trying out a few grain free recipes I finally came up with a version of my own organic granola recipe that is kid and husband approved! I came up with a frozen organic granola bar which is pretty darn tasty too. I hope you give them a try!
Maple Vanilla Grain Free Organic Granola
- 1 cup mixed nuts (I used of a combination of pecans, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup dried fruit (today all I had on hand was raisins)
- 1/4 cup flax meal or almond meal
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds (helps to bind)
- 4 tsp. nut butter (I used sunflower seed butter because my daughter is sensitive to peanuts)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 4 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. clarified butter (regular butter would work just as well)
- 6-8 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup organic dark chocolate chips or bar chopped up (for Grain Free Granola Bar Recipe)
Preheat oven to 170 (if your oven goes to 160 that would be preferable)
Toss nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried fruit in a blender or food processor (or chop if you have neither), and process blend briefly, until nuts, seeds and dried fruit are broken up –you want different sizes of the pieces of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, some whole, some broken, some ground. You know, what makes granola, well granola!
Pour this mixture into a large bowl and stir in chia seeds, flax meal, coconut, and cinnamon.
In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil and butter then whisk in honey, vanilla and sunflower/almond butter until smooth.
Pour yummy liquid mixture into dry, and stir with a wooden spoon until liquid mixture is evenly coated.
Spread maple vanilla organic granola out on a parchment lined baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. After 30 minutes, it should be golden brown. Stir again, turn oven off, and let sit in the oven for 20 more minutes. Remove from oven and let it sit out and cool—this is when it will harden and get it’s crunchy texture.
When it’s cooled completely cool, break it up with your hands and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Organic Granola Bars:
My kids and husband love these snacks! So quick and easy, and no baking required!
All you do is follow the above recipe, but when you get to step 5 let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes then add in the chocolate chips or chunks.
Then instead of spreading onto a baking sheet, I use an 8”x 8” baking dish lined with parchment paper and pressed organic granola mixture into pan. Stick it in the freezer for 2-3 hours and it’s done!
Take them out, cut them up and keep in the freezer for a quick grab and go snack that your children will love!
Do you make your own organic granola? Share your favorites in the comments!