Detox with Joy McCarthy's Grain-Free Granola

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Guest post by Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health:

Granola is a kitchen staple in my home but it can be expensive if you’re buying it every week. The other challenge with store-bought granola is that it’s often full of unnecessary amounts of sugar and sodium. You can easily avoid both of these by making it yourself!

I love making my own because I’m in control of every single ingredient and can decide how sweet to make it. In fact, you don’t even need to add any natural sweeteners because the dried fruit usually makes it sweet enough. The best part about making it is that your kitchen smells like heaven while it’s baking.

When I was developing this recipe, I thought about all the clients I’ve had over the years who have trouble digesting grains because of digestive problems like IBS. This grain-free nutty granola is safe for those on a grain-free diet and it’s also excellent for balancing blood sugar because the nuts provide healthy anti-inflammatory good fats and plant-based protein.

A little goes a long way! This granola is very fulfilling, much more than an oat-based granola. I enjoy it in my Coconut Parfait (you’ll see this on page 110). You’ll also catch me scooping a handful mid-day for a quick power-snack! My 16 month old loves it too, but I grind it up in the food processor more for her because she only has 11 teeth.

Here’s the recipe from Joyous Detox for my Grain-Free Nutty Granola – I hope you enjoy it!

Grain-Free Nutty Granola

Makes about 8 cups (2 L)

Gluten-free — Dairy-free — Refined sugar-free — Grain-free

4 cups (1 L) mixed raw pecans, cashews and walnuts

1 cup (250 mL) raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened, unsulphured shredded coconut

1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries or dried cherries

1 egg white (optional)

2 tbsp (30 mL) water (optional)

3 tbsp (45 mL) coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup (75 mL) real maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder

2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon

½ tsp (2 mL) nutmeg

½ tsp (2 mL) sea salt

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place nuts and pumpkin seeds in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the nuts, but don’t grind them into a fine meal. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in coconut and dried cranberries.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white with the water, if using, until bubbly and slightly foamy. (You can skip this step if you prefer an egg-free granola. The egg white helps the granola to clump together, but it’s not crucial.) Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt; whisk together well. Pour liquid mixture into nut mixture. Stir everything well to make sure it is all coated.

Spread granola evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes, and again at the end. Be careful not to let it burn; it should be golden brown. Let granola cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container, preferably a mason jar.

Joyous Tip

Many people are sensitive to grains such as oats (even if they are certified gluten-free), and it’s very difficult to find a commercial grain-free granola, which is why I created this totally grain-free recipe. This granola can also be beneficial for those with any inflammatory issues such as IBS, who may need to take a break from grains.

Photography: Christopher Bodnar

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