With my “interim” update in our farmhouse kitchen almost complete, it has been so much more cheerful in this previously darkened “dungeon.” My new updated space makes baking and cooking even more of a joy for this homesteading, homeschooling mama. I feel like I can breath a little easier, be more patient, enjoy the progress we’re making, and just enjoy the journey. Can you imagine how I will feel when we finally get to our “real” kitchen remodel?
At any rate, I have ramped up my experimenting in our refreshed little kitchen. This no-grain granola is my latest experiment. It is little people-approved and so simple and delicious to make. Something you may have noticed when visiting my site, is that many of my recipes have two things in common. Call it a requirement for recipes in the hollow! They are…that the recipe needs to be simple and delicious! This recipe meets both those criteria. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!
So, why the big stink about “grain-free” anyway? Well, as you may already know, there is a growing number of folks who are not able to eat grains due to health issues like gluten sensitivities, gluten intolerance, Celiac disease, and other digestive health issues. Some may be staving off grains because of certain dietary limitations.
Something to consider is that not all carbs are created equal. Not all carbs are “bad.” Carbohydrates are actually one of the three macronutrients our bodies need to sustain metabolism and energy levels. It is the refined carbohydrates commonly found in highly processed foods that have been stripped of all their nutrients that we need to limit. They are the “foods” that cause our insulin levels to spike, our energy levels to crash, and those that leave our bodies craving late-night foods to help satisfy our nutrient deficiencies. Only they typically are not those kinds of foods that are nourishing, like soup or a big salad. You know what I’m saying?! Healthy carbs are those we get from whole foods that still offer their vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and fiber that naturally benefit our bodies and support how they function.
The reason I wanted to give no-grain granola a try was because our littles love smoothies, but their granola intake was becoming a little out of hand and the fact that even the organic store-bought granola was high in sugar and the fact that the oats had not been soaked or sprouted, it is more difficult to digest and could prevent important vitamins and minerals from being absorbed, that was enough to get into my experiment-mode and give this recipe a try.
Maple syrup has so many health benefits that I stuck with it as my main natural binding and sweetening agent for this simple recipe. It offers beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, is low on the glycemic index (GI), and may help with better digestion. Because it is low on the GI, it does not have the same blood sugar spiking effect that other sweeteners cause.
I love how this particular combination creates these beautiful clusters that are common in the traditional kind of granola.
When you see that natural golden brown color, you know that it is ready to take out of the oven and cool. Add this delicious topping over your morning smoothies, over yogurt, or just as a little midday snack.
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