This is one of our favorite things for breakfast. Everyone loves it so much I haven't even been able to get a picture of it. It's great on its' own, with milk, sprinkled over yogurt, or any other granola ideas you might have. I just recently started making again and it has not lasted longer than 48 hours. It's that good.
Gluten Free Granola
3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 cup (or more) coarsely chopped nuts and/or dried fruit
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. You can use a tradition oven setting or a convection oven setting to make the cooking time shorter.
In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, coconut and nuts/fruit. In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, water, salt, vanilla and cinnamon over a medium heat until the mixture is melted and bubbly. Pour this over the oat mixture and stir well. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Spread granola mixture evenly on a large baking sheet with space to allow for air circulation. Place on the center rack in the oven. The cooking time will vary depending on oven and setting.
For traditional oven baking setting:
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Place the baking sheet back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes. Continue this cycle until the granola is golden brown and completely dry. It usually takes about three cycles.
For convection setting:
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Place the baking sheet back in the oven to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Place the baking sheet back in oven for just five more minutes (more if needed), until the granola is golden brown and completely dry.
And then enjoy for the next 48 hours because it disappears fast!
You can also add 1/4 flax seed to improve the nutritional quality
If you add dried fruit it gets pretty dried out during the baking progress. I tend to use only nuts in the recipe and then add fresh or dried fruit when serving.
It's tempting to leave the granola in a great big clump for the first round of baking in order to make little granola clumps. It's doesn't work. Don't do it.