For today’s recipe, I have a super easy but addictive granola that’s heavy on nutritients, but light on time & effort.
It can either be made the normal way (aka with oats), or with an oat replacement. Why would anyone want an oat replacement, you may ask?
I’ve alluded to this vaguely on my instagram, but something tragic has happened: after years of having oats for breakfast most days, I finally figured out that me and oats don’t get along. Specifically, whenever I have them for breakfast, I get CRAZY bloated after lunch for the rest of the day. (And my stomach is pretty impervious to the typical bloating triggers, like lentils and beans and onions… nothing else does this to me besides oats!) It took me years of experimenting, but I’ve finally accepted it. After researching it, it looks like the protein avenin in oats is known to cause some people problems.
I thought I’d just have to accept no longer having oatmeal, or granola, or oat pancakes/pastries. But at my local food co-op, I found something that looked amazingly oat-like… rye flakes!
And lo and behold, they taste and cook JUST like oats, but without the horrible bloating! I first tried out ryemeal (aka rye oatmeal), and came up with the recipe on the fly to try them in granola for the first time. And it is AMAZING!
Of course, if you don’t have a problem with oats, you should probably just use those because they’re easier to find at stores and whatnot. 😛
- 1/2c rolled oats or rye flakes
- 1/4c pecans
- 1/4c walnuts
- 1/4c almonds
- 1/4c maple syrup
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
- Coarsely chop all the nuts, preferably using a nut chopper (I have this one).
- Combine all the ingredients, and spread them out evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, then stir. Bake for 3 more minutes or until evenly golden brown. If it begins to get browner around the edges than the middle, stir every few minutes until it’s all golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for 10 minutes.
- And enjoy! I suggest trying it sprinkled it on smoothie bowls, oatmeal, or yogurt, using it as cereal, or even having it on its own as a snack!