I solemnly swear that I am a chronic snacker.
I’m sorry (that I’m not sorry) but I love to snack. I’ve always been that way — through school (cue popcorn), through working late at my job (cue chocolate), and through boredom (cue…uh…everything).
If my biggest crime in life is snacking, then sue me.
When you’re on the go – whether it be rushing to meetings, your workout class, shuttling your kids around town, whatever it may be – you can always use a good snack. If you’ve been to my page before, you know that I’m all about healthier alternatives to your classic favorites – and if you haven’t been here before, then welcome. I’m all about healthier alternatives to your classic favorites.
This time around, I’ve developed a healthy snacking granola. One you can store in your bag, grab a handful, re-energize, and go about your day.
This one is delicious – crunchy and slightly sweet, with a salty undertone from the nuts. I used mixed nuts (with 50% less salt!) which has cashews, pecans, almonds, and hazelnuts, but you can of course feel free to substitute a mix of whatever you like.
I used just a touch of honey to sweeten up this recipe. You can also use maple syrup or agave if those are your preferred sweeteners!
I love to stash this in my bag, throw some on top of coconut yogurt, or even on a smoothie bowl. Why buy it from the store if you can make it yourself?
I hope you enjoy this recipe — tag me on instagram @DADAEATS if you make it!
Gluten-Free Snacking Granola
On top of smoothies, yogurt, or straight up with a spoon - this snacking granola will get you through your day!
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts, slightly crushed I used a 50% less salt mix that included cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup honey you can also use maple syrup or agave if you prefer
- 1 tbsp almond butter you can also use peanut or cashew
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a bowl, melt together the almond butter, coconut oil, and honey. You can microwave it for a few seconds until everything is slightly melted, or melt in a small pot over the stove. Stir in vanilla extract, and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Slightly crush mixed nuts into smaller pieces. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, chia seeds, shredded coconut, crushed mixed nuts, and dash of cinnamon.
Mix the wet almond butter/honey/coconut oil mixture into the dry oat mixture until thoroughly combined.
Spread granola mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 7-10 minutes until granola is golden. When granola comes out of the oven, don't stir again until it is cool (we want those clusters!) -- let cool for 10-15 minutes. Store in an air-tight container for a week.