Yesterday was father’s day. In my house, that means delicious food and a lot of it. You see, my dad loves to eat. We always marvel at how well he fits in with my mother’s Italian side of the family despite his Irish roots. He loves good quality food, and for any event, he’ll make a ton of it. It’s the Italian way. When my dad was diagnosed with Celiac disease about five years ago, though, his world was totally changed.
By now, though, we have been able to figure some recipes out that suit all of my family’s needs. Our big brunch for father’s day included a variety of our favorite dishes, including mimosas, deviled eggs, vanilla bean scones, some treats from a local gluten free bakery and yogurt and granola parfaits.
My favorite dish from this meal was by far the parfait. Nut-free granola is extremely difficult to find, as many of you know, because even those without nuts are often cross-contaminated. While there are more gluten free brands, the price is oftentimes ridiculous.
These factors are what lead me and my mom to create our own granola recipe a few years ago. This recipe is easily adapted, and allows a lot of wiggle room. You can make it crunchy or soft, include dried fruit if you like and even make it lower in fat.
This ultimate granola can be adapted to be completely allergen free, or you can include an egg or some wheat germ, depending on your needs. The recipe contains no peanuts, tree-nuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish or soy, and unless you want a protein boost, no wheat. It also does not include other allergens like seeds, flax and sesame that many other store-bought granolas do.
The best part? This granola keeps for a long time, so you won’t feel pressured to eat it all in a week. Though with a taste this good, you may want to. 😉
6 cups oats (gluten free if need be)
1 cup coconut
1 cup wheat germ (omit if going gluten free)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup oil (use 1/3 for low fat, slightly more for crunchier granola)
1 cup dried fruit (I use cranberries, you can pick your favorite!)
1. Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Mix oats, coconut, wheat germ, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
3. Heat honey in a microwave on high for 30 seconds.
4. Mix oil, honey and vanilla in a separate medium-sized bowl.
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
6. Place the mixture on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes for best results.
7. Add dried fruit and enjoy!
Note: If you are allergic to ALL of what is classified as a tree nut (including coconut) please omit and add seeds or nuts as desired.
Greek yogurt (your favorite flavor)
Berries (any sort!)
1. Combine all ingredients (in whatever amount suits you) in a cute dish and enjoy!