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The Ghost of Granola – 1

September 13, 2015


A few months ago, I had to eliminate foods from my diet – for someone who loves food, that was quite a challenge.  The list of what I had to eliminate, pretty much made all common breakfast foods out of scope.  During the process I learned that while there are plenty of options in the market for folks wanting to eliminate gluten from their foods, not all options taste good. Gluten free bread,for example,is not tasty at all.  Even if you do not have any expectations of it tasting like bread, you are disappointed. Granola was out of bounds for me as it has oats and sugar, which were on my eliminate list.  This meant that breakfast was now, Kind bars ( which are really awesome, however, only a couple of their bars met my list).  So, I started looking for low carb nut based granola options.  I found quite a few bloggers with recipes for pales granola – most had sugars and eggs.  This one gave a pretty good basic recipe that I used the first time, with a few substitutions to make it with natural sweeteners and eggless.  And, I added the killer ingredient that gives mine it’s name😜.  Here’s my recipe:

What You Need

  1. 1/2 a cup – Walnuts
  2. 1/2 a cup – Cashews
  3. 1/2 a cup- Pistachios
  4. 1 cup- Sunflower seeds
  5. 3 tbls – Ground flax seeds
  6. 9 tbls- water
  7. 1 tbls- vegetable oil
  8. 1 tsp- vanilla essence
  9. 4-5 tbls- Agave
  10. A pinch or so of salt
  11. 2-3 twists of Trader Joes Smoked Ghost Chilies
  12. 1 cup- raisins
  13. 1 cup – unsweetened coconut flakes

How It’s Done

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Mix ingredients 5 through 11 in a bowl with a fork and let site for a couple of minutes while you crush the nuts
  3. Mix ingredients 1 through 4 in a gallon ziplock bag, and crush with a rolling pin.  (I prefer this method to using the blender as I don’t want the nuts to be too finely chopped, and I like texture)
  4. Now add the wet ingredients of step 2 to the bag of crushed nuts, add the rasiins and coconut flakes, seal the bag and mix.
  5. Taste to see it mets with your level of sweet/savory/spicy. The ghost chilies ar very spicy and your only need a few twists of the grinder (if you like it spciy). You can substitute with the milder cayenne or eliminate the heat completely,if you so choose.  But believe me, the chile really kicks up this recipe 5 notches 😋
  6. Now, spread the mixture on a baking tray (use parchment paper or silpat for easy cleanup) and bake for about 30-45 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and stir periodically so that the nuts brown evenly, and don’t burn
  7. When done, let cool a bit before you start snacking on it.  It will be a go to breakfast or snack in your pantry.

The sweetness from the raisins and agave balance out the heat from the chilies.  Top this on a cup of Greek yogurt, as a topping for your favorite fruit crumble….the potential is unending.

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