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Aug
09
2012

5 Minute Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Granola and The Most Boring Week EVER!

Gluten Free Granola

This morning I was sitting at the table munching on my Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Granola and reading my latest issue of “The Week” magazine in total peace and quiet.

(Okay, the peace and quiet part did not really happen with two boys still home for summer…but it sure sounded like a nice way to end that thought. Plus, I am totally allowed to daydream).

Anyway..as I was reading amidst the chaos, one article caught my attention. It was about how technology is slowly turning us into addicts. Yes. They called us addicts.

They shared that studies have been done to show that brain scans of avid internet users can resemble those of cocaine users and alcoholics. Let it be known that it was also mentioned that the very ones who helped to create this technology are now trying to warn of the dangers of constantly being connected and are teaching their own company employees to be anything but.

The article went on to say how now the newest trend online is to step away from the Internet and actually be…present in our lives! Gasp!

Geez. I must be ahead of the trends (and folks, this never happens-usually I am far behind the trends)…that is what I have been trying to do all summer with my boys. It is also why I was not around too much here…

So while Google, Facebook, and Twitter (the very ones who have contributed to this incessant need to be connected) have been busy teaching their own employees about meditation and “mindfulness” and warning them of the dangers of constant online connection, I have been practicing this myself and I will tell you we have had one heck of a good summer!

We have been playing on the beach, learning to surf, swimming non-stop in the pool, playing tennis, and…even cleaning ovens (since the boys surely cannot make a mess inside there).

But…now school is about to start and I need to do something to prepare my boys again for those early mornings and all of the routines and schedules that are right around the corner.

Basically, I need to put an end to all of this fun! ;)

Never fear, though! I have a brilliant plan. It is called Operation Bore-the-pants-off-’em! I am going to make this last week before school starts THE MOST BORING ONE EVER!

No activities…No outings…No fun. Nope. Nothing. Nada. I may even get really nasty and throw some homework assignments in there.

Operation Boredom is going into full effect.

I want them begging to hit the books again next week instead of moaning about it.

And with the preparations for our busy mornings starting up again, I want to have some nice easy breakfasts that are nutrient dense but quick to put together.

Nutrient Packed Breakfast

This Nutrient-Packed Gluten-Free Maple Cinnamon Granola is one of those recipes that goes a long way in our home. It takes only about 5 minutes to throw together the night before. Then two hours in the oven at 225 degrees, tossing once or twice. Then you can just leave it in the turned-off oven over night and it is perfectly crisp and ready in the morning.

Oh, and we use GF Harvest Gluten-Free Organic Oats because I know they are gluten-free AND safe for my family.

Just pour some allergy-friendly milk over it or toss it with your favorite allergy-friendly yogurt and you have an easy-peasy breakfast that is packed with good protein, omega goodness, and fiber…a great way to send those kiddos off to school with some good brainpower!

Gluten Free Granola

By the way, this recipe makes quite a bit, so this should last you quite a while depending on how big your family is. This 64 oz container was filled to the top right after I made it. This picture was taken about a week later and we had been eating it every day.

Oh..it also makes your house smell unbelievable as it bakes in that low temp oven.

Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 Cups Old Fashioned Certified Gluten-Free Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup, preferably Grade B and Organic
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 225 degrees. In large bowl, mix together: Gluten-Free Oats, Sugar, Ground Chia Seeds, Ground Hemp Seeds, Ground Pumpkin Seeds, Ground Cinnamon, and Sea Salt.

2.  Make a small well in the middle of the Oat mixture. Add Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup, and Vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together and then combine well with dry ingredients.

3.  Spread evenly on parchment lined baking sheet. Place in oven for two hours, gently stirring every 45 minutes. After two hours, shut oven off and leave baking sheet in oven over night (or for at least a few hours if making it on the same day). In the morning, it will be just right.

Note: It is best to add any mix-ins at the time you are eating the granola. Plus, this way you can tailor it to each person’s tastes.

Some different ideas are: raisins, dried cranberries, pecans, almond slivers, mini chocolate chips, dates, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, dried apples, or fresh fruit.

 

And don’t forget… for some great lunch ideas now that it is time to head back to school, here is my list of 50 Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Ideas!

And for a fun raw treat idea and one that I have served quite a few times for breakfast, head over to my post today on The Balanced Platter and get my recipe for Raw Berry Pudding Pie Cups - I also give you 6 reasons not to feel guilty about eating them.

Now I want to know one thing…Whatever happened to not going back to school until after Labor Day?

27 Comments
  1. On August 9, 2012 Sarena said

    You totally crack me up! That is the best idea to bore the pants off of the boys before school starts back up! They will be longing for the days of going to school and socializing! The granola looks and sounds amazing! Great brain food! Enjoy the rest of your week Kim!

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! Thanks Sarena! They may hate me after this week, but man are they sure going to be excited to get back to school and to all of their friends! :D

  2. On August 9, 2012 Shirley @ gfe said

    Really terrific post, Kim! I love focusing on being present in one’s life (even if it can be a challenge at times), I also love this granola recipe and your plan for the boys. It’s the last one that I have some serious doubts about though. ;-) Hehe. I don’t think it’s every boring at your house. I’m sure that the kids are ready to wind down some before school starts though. The memories from their amazing summer will keep them going. I’m sure they totally miss surfing!

    In Virginia, the kids *mostly* don’t go back to school until after Labor Day. It’s called the Kings Dominion (amusement park) law as KD didn’t want to lose all their young employees before summer was really over. So they got the lawmakers on board and the law changed. Some schools get special exceptions if their test scores are lower and they need more school days/hours/teaching in before the testing dates. When I used to teach though (before this particular testing was in effect), we started before Labor Day.

    Anyway, enjoy your last week being present with your family even if you’re all going to be bored. ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Shirley! I really wish that that had been a law here too. Growing up, we always started after Labor Day which was perfect since my birthday is at the end of August. I always loved getting to do something during the summer for my birthday. It is crazy that some kids here in AZ have already been in school now for the last week! Poor kids are getting robbed of summer vacation.. LOL

      Oh well, at least we made the most of summer while it lasted!!
      xo
      k

  3. On August 9, 2012 kristy @ coconutmama said

    That is the most awesome idea ever! And thanks for this reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in the internet world, but I find my day goes much better with my kids if they know they are getting my attention and quality time. I am definitely making it a point to be present over the next couple of weeks. My oldest starts Kindergarten after Labor Day and I want to soak up as much time with her as I can!

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! Thanks, Kristy! I still cannot believe that summer is already over though. And I totally agree with you that my day goes so much better with the kids when they are getting my attention! My youngest starts Kindergarten too and I cannot even believe it. :(

  4. On August 9, 2012 Alta said

    Love this “Operation”! I’m sure if it becomes a yearly habit, the kids will start to dread the week before school starts just as much as school starting, but what a way to get them calmed down and ready to get back to school. I always remember my mom making us go to bed early and get up early a week or two early – we’re trying to remind our kids they need to do the same!

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alta, I hope they don’t catch on to this…because if it works, I am totally doing it again next year. LOL ANd we have totally been doing the early bedtime thing all week. Once school starts, sleeping in until 8:30 is not an option. LOL

  5. On August 9, 2012 Jeannie Wilson said

    Oh Lovie, I just read your Blog to Michael and we are still smiling. Of course you know we are your BIGGEST fans. You are so clever. Guess I am going to have to make this granola since we never got around to it when we were together. We are here in Corvallis already involved in wedding plans. So far Michael is doing great. Glad you are enjoying The Week. Mommacitta

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Mom!! Hope you guys are having fun! Miss you… And YES. You should make this granola. It would go great in your yogurt!! ;) XOXOX

  6. On August 9, 2012 @sensitivepantry said

    Great post, Kim! And, I love the granola. I have been making my own (but will be trying your recipe next) and eating it with fresh fruit and coconut milk yogurt. Very yummy. (Missing you. Big hugs!) Nancy

  7. On August 9, 2012 Alisa said

    HeLLO yummy granola! That recipe is just my style!

    I can’t imagine your house could ever be boring Kim, but I like the plan. So glad you had an awesome summer!

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Oh Alisa, trust me. Life can definitely get boring around here. Especially when I am having them clean up or do any type of homework. All of a sudden, then is when they claim that they are SO totally bored! LOL

  8. On August 9, 2012 InTolerantChef said

    Sounds yummy indeed! I can hardly wait for summer to get down to this part of the world, I’m so sick of the frosts and cold- BRRR…….

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      I forget that our seasons are different. It is just so hard to even imagine that you are getting frost right now! It was 112 degrees here yesterday! LOL

  9. On August 10, 2012 Maggie said

    And now you have me craving granola! This looks fab Kim, as always. I can’t believe your boys are headed back to school. Say it ain’t so! Summer gets better and better every year, doesn’t it? You guys have had a big one! xo

    • On August 10, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      I cannot believe they are headed back either, Maggie! Summer felt like it barely even started and now it is already over. Yikes. I guess at least I will get some more work done again starting next week. :) Not really looking forward to that part though. LOL

  10. On August 11, 2012 Kathy said

    I was just telling Kristen I need to make some granola and there is your fabulous recipe!
    will make it this week! So sad your summer is fleeting, but I think you will manage to have a few more fun-filled days, AFTER school starts!

    • On August 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Auntie Kathy!! :D This is a really simple one to put together! Hope you like it… And I cannot even believe summer is over already. It barely feels like it even started!

  11. On August 12, 2012 Carol said

    What? Live our lives in like the real world and not just online – what kind of heresy is that? LOL. My hubby will totally love this, he is a graonal freak, and I totally love that it takes 5 minutes!

    • On August 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      No doubt, Carol! Imagine being present. LOL Sometimes I wish there was a nationwide internet outage for a few days so that I knew that I could NOT work even if I wanted to. ;)

  12. On August 8, 2013 Pat Yarbrough said

    Wonderful idea to “bore” them with just plain being together. They’ll appreciate it later! I’m not a parent who ever wished the summer vacation was over – I enjoyed having my kids around. There is little enough time with them before they grow up as it is.

  13. On August 19, 2013 :D said

    Why do you grind the seeds?

    • On August 20, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      They are just a bit easier to digest when the seeds are already ground up and your digestive enzymes do not need to do the work for you. ;)

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