Vanilla Chia-Nut Granola Cereal

The other day I thought to myself “gluten-free cereals are so expensive!” That and “why are there so many ingredients in this stuff?” I hate not knowing if my food has GMO’s and extra additives because the ingredient list reads like a mini novel. So I made my own cereal this morning and it is really, really good. This granola cereal reminds me of those “vanilla nut cluster crunch” type cereals I used to love when I was little, only this one has less than 10 ingredients, it’s healthier and it has a nice dose of protein and fiber 🙂

Makes: 8 servings (approx 1/2 cup each)

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A dash of salt
  • Coconut cooking oil spray (a few sprays)

To Make:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, combine oats, walnuts, almonds and chia seeds. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine grape seed oil, maple syrup, vanilla and a few dashes of salt.

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Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl and toss all ingredients with a spoon. Add a few sprays of coconut cooking oil spray and the brown sugar and continue to toss until the ingredients are mixed evenly.

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Pour mixture into two glass casserole dishes and spread evenly on the bottom (there should be a thin layer of granola cereal in each one). Bake for 30 minutes total but every 10 minutes toss the granola with a wooden spoon to avoid burning. Remove from oven.

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Serve with fresh sliced berries and your favorite non-dairy milk or yogurt! We use unsweetened vanilla almond milk in our household 🙂

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I bought three beautiful baskets of pesticide-free strawberries at the farmer’s market yesterday for only $9.

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