Citrus Summer Lentil Granola + $50 Amazon Giveaway!

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Adding lentils to trail mix was a little out there.

Adding lentils to granola is even more so.

Oh ya, I went there. And, I’m so happy I did!

I’d taken the day off yesterday to celebrate my birthday by lounging in the backyard reading a book but instead found myself in the kitchen coming up with what I was sure was going to be my most favorite granola recipe yet.

All of the kitchen windows were wide open, my music was blaring and in the end, I enjoyed a big bowl of homemade granola with bits of mango and crunchy lentils.

Who needs birthday cake when you have homemade healthy granola to indulge in?

The great thing about the mix is that you can’t really tell that there’s lentils in it – perfect for that person in your life that just won’t eat pulses… (cough, Kevin, cough)…

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Citrus Summer Lentil Granola + $50 Amazon Giveaway!
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 8 cups, 10 servings
 
Homemade crunchy gluten-free granola… with lentils!
Ingredients
Dry
Wet
  • ⅓ cup unpasteurized honey or brown rice syrup to make vegan *see note
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or flesh from 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
Add-ins
  • 1 cup dried fruit like pear, pineapple, mango, kiwi, or papaya. If you’re cutting up the dried fruit to make smaller bit-sized pieces, coat with a sprinkle of white rice flour to avoid the pieces from sticking to everything.
Instructions
  1. To prepare sprouted lentils: follow this tutorial
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and lay sprouted lentils out on a 13×9 baking sheet. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until crunchy. The reason I sprouted the lentils was to make them easier to digest. If you’re concerned with cooking the lentils and loosing the health benefits of the sprout, feel free to dehydrate for 6-8 hours at a temperature of 105F in your dehydrator. Add to the granola after it comes out of the oven. If you don’t want to sprout, no worries, just soak for a couple of hours, drain and cook in the oven at the same temperature for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Place lentils in a large bowl to cool. Using the same baking sheet, spread out quinoa flakes and coconut and toast for 3-4 minutes, until lightly brown.
  4. Add toasted quinoa and coconut to the bowl with the lentils along with rice crisp, puffed amaranth and flax seed.
  5. In a separate smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients then pour over the grain mixture until everything is covered.
  6. Spread the mix over 2 baking sheets and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes watching so that it doesn’t burn. The mixture will still be wet when it comes out. When you let it cool it will harden. Don’t think that the cooking process will harden everything. If you do, you’ll burn the mix.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before adding dried fruit.
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Notes
Making puffed amaranth yourself is really, really easy. Place a small saucepan on a burner on medium-high heat. Allow to heat up for 5 minutes. Popping 1 tablespoon at a time, put on a pair of oven mitts and drop the amaranth into the heated pot. Cover with the lid, lift the saucepan from the burner and shake it back and forth for 25-30 seconds. At about the 5-8 second mark you’ll begin to hear the grains popping. Keep shaking the saucepan. The popping will get softer as time goes on. Remove the lid, dump the popped grain into a bowl and place the saucepan back on the burner to warm up again. The key to success is to move quickly so that the grain doesn’t burn.

To make with less sugar, reduce honey by 2 tablespoons and replace with nut butter or sunflower seed butter.

Making your own puffed amaranth couldn’t be easier! I like to keep a batch on hand at all times as a quick, high protein snack. Add a bit of protein powder and coconut milk, and you have yourself one delicious cereal!

I’d never tried to toast quinoa flakes before and am not really sure why I tried it with this recipe, but it works. The quinoa takes on a whole new flavor. You have to try it!

Try not to snack too much on the dry ingredients. It’ll be hard to resist the urge and even more challenging once the wet mix is added in.

But no one said anything about licking the bowl afterward!

Adding cardamom to the wet mix was a great idea but it didn’t exactly make for the most appealing granola mixture. I was a bit concerned at this point and hoped the muddy color of the mix would disperse once it was mixed in with everything.

While my mix was baking, I set up the shoot for the granola, lost track of time, and burned the first batch.

Lesson – keep a close eye on your granola while it’s cooking!

Yummy, crunchy, high in protein and deliciously homemade.

Makes me wonder… what else could I add lentils to?

Totally unrelated to granola – I’m in the process of updating the blog and want to make sure the changes will appeal to everyone. Before I move forward, I was hoping I could get your help with something…

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  1. Survey is done and done! This granola sounds amazing, and better than any birthday cake I’ve ever had!! I wish I could stay off work today and make up a batch for myself (while blaring music in my kitchen of course, just like you!!)

    • Thanks for filling it out, Angela! A repeat of yesterday is definitely in order. Thank goodness it’s Friday!

    • Thanks Lauren. I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

  2. I have been loving granola..I have been making it with soaked and toasted buckwheat then adding coconut/almond butter, honey, stevia, sometimes soaked GF oats, seeds, date pieces..so addicting! I am not sure how my body does with breaking down the groats though, it seems to make me feel more bloated so I probably won’t make it too often but I do luv it! Curious to try it with lentils now!!

    • I’m with you on the buckwheat groats. My taste buds love them, my tummy? Not so much.

  3. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (Even if I am a day late :)) I hope it was the best birthday!

    This granola looks delicious. I’ve been meaning to try popping my own amaranth so I’m going to have to try that in the next few days!

    • Thanks, Andrea! Popping amaranth is SO easy. You can do it! Don’t get discouraged if you burn the first batch. It takes a couple of tablespoons to figure out how hot the pot needs to be and whatnot. Wow, too much rhyming happening there. Have a lovely weekend :)

  4. I love the idea of a citrusy granola! everything about this appeals to me, bookmarked and will be making soon!

    I completed the survey – look forward to seeing what’s in store… good to see you went with Glam ;)

    • Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Kristina! And thanks for filling out the survey and for your feedback on Glam. Enjoying it so far :)

  5. Fun giveaway! I’ve been thinking of doing a survey too, what a great way to get to know your readers a little better. I love your granola idea. I know I probably shouldn’t, but I’ve been looking for ways to sneak lentils on my hubby, haha.

    • Shouldn’t sneak lentils? Pfft, I say… do it! :)

  6. I love your creativity Leanne!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win a nifty GC as well :-) Enjoy your weekend!

  7. OMG I AM IN LOOOOOOVE!

    Too funny, I’d been planning on trying to make granola using home made puffed amaranth… I just had a little bit of a block. I think you just gave me the little bit of inspiration that I needed. I mean seriously… LENTILS?

    That’s pure GENIUS!

    And once again, your photos are absolutely fabulous! GORGEOUS!

    • <3 haha thanks, Sonia! I was trying to puff quinoa for it too but couldn’t get it to work so I just threw in a bunch of rice crisps. Would love to see your version of an amaranth granola… you’re like the Queen of cereal in my eyes.

  8. This is a fabulous granola recipe! Love it, love it, love it! Hope you had an amazing birthday! :)

  9. I had never heard of making puffed amaranth at home before reading this recipe. I just tried it and it was a hoot! I can’t wait to show my kids the teeny, tiny “popcorn” that I made!

    I think I’m going to set some lentils to sprout – I’ve never tried toasting them after they have sprouted. It sounds intriguing.

    • It is quite fun, isn’t it? You can eat it like popcorn, too! I add a couple of sprays of coconut oil, salt and sometimes some smoked paprika and go to town!

  10. Happy birthday to you & thanks for this recipe & all the healthy recipes you share. I tried popping amaranth once before & was not successful, but I’m going to try again following your instructions. This granola recipe sounds delicious!

  11. Love the combination of lentil and granola, great idea.

    Submitted the survey.

  12. I absolutely love puffed amaranth (can’t say the same for my smoke alarm though!) but lentils in granola just takes it to another level – incredible! I will definitely be trying this one out. Also I’ve just filled out your survey :)

    • Oh my goodness, tell me about it. Our smoke alarm goes off at least 3 times a week!

  13. The granola looks good but the cinnamon buns, oh the cinnamon buns! :) Need to ingredients shop!

  14. Showing some lentil love – you know I am all about that! This is a must-try, I admire your creativity — brilliant! Plus, granola happens to be a big weakness of mine…

  15. Will so have to try sprouted lentils in my next granola :) What an awesome idea! Seeing your recipe inspired me to get back on my granola mission (the clusters, I need the clusters) but as soon as my (boring and normal) Pumpkin & Flax Seed batch is eaten, I will have to try lentils AND popping my own amaranth…

  16. Did the survey and I’m super excited to learn about sprouting red lentils!!! I’ve never thought or heard of that before! Thanks for being so genius!!!!!

    • Hi Julie! I just announced it on the post, sorry for the delay. A lady by the name of Megan won. Thank you for participating ;)

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