Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Gluten-Free Granola

Hello Scarlet Thread followers! My name is Elizabeth and I'm working as an intern here in China for New Day Foster Home. Some of the other interns and I decided to have our own apron party this weekend in our small Chinese village of Qing Yun Dian, home of Scarlet Threads. Because Sarah (middle) is allergic to gluten, we've been having the toughest time helping her find foods she can eat! So we decided we needed to make her a little treat that was gluten-free, healthy and reminded her of home: granola! Using ingredients we found in the village, we concocted our own recipe for Banana Nut Ginger Granola. Here's what we came up with...

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbs. soybean oil
1 Tb. water
1/4 cup chopped banana chips

1) With the oven rack in the middle position, pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees. Drizzle some soybean oil onto a 9-by-13-inch metal pan and coat with your fingers, then set aside.

2) Chop almonds and banana chips into smaller pieces.

3) Mix the oats, buckwheat flour, ginger, salt and chopped almonds in a bowl.

4) Combine the oil, water and honey in a small pot and simmer over low heat.

5) Drizzle over the oat mixture and stir.

6) Pour the oat mixture onto the prepared pan and spread it out evenly.

7) In small handfuls, squeeze and clump the oat mixture to form clusters.

8) Bake for 30 minutes, then stir in the banana chips.

9) Continue to bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.

This recipe makes enough for one big bowl of granola (about 1 quart). Pour milk over it or use it to top yogurt. We've been eating it for breakfast, snack, dessert--just about any excuse we can think of. Enjoy it however you like!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds fantastic! Ironically, my husband's doctor thinks he has Celiac Disease (two conflicting test results so we were told for him to go gluten-free and see if it makes him feel better). The only huge stress we have about this is that we are going to be traveling to China to adopt again (probably Dec timeframe) and we are worried about how he will eat. Any tips for eating gluten-free while living in a foreign country where you can't read labels would be greatfully accepted. You can email me at: kimberliemeyer @ cox.net if you have time.

    I can't wait to try this recipe!