Citrus Summer Lentil Granola

Homemade crunchy gluten-free granola… with lentils!

Eating Style: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Prep Time:

Serves: 10

Ingredients

Dry

Wet

  • 1/3 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.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 316
  • Calories from Fat: 103
  • Total Fat: 11.5
  • Saturated Fat: 7.7 g
  • Sodium: 86 mg
  • Carbs: 46.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.4 g
  • Net Carbs: 38.5 g
  • Sugars: 19.6 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g