KIND gluten free granola is some of the best granola that money can buy—if you can afford it! This recipe tastes just like their maple quinoa clusters.
These days, there are so many brands of packaged gluten free granola. But they're all very expensive, and often not very good. If I do buy it, though, KIND granola is my choice. But at 65¢ an ounce (making an 11 ounce package a whopping $7.15!), it's really cost-prohibitive. Until now.
I am happy to report that, after copycatting the recipe for KIND Maple Quinoa Clusters Granola with Chia Seeds, it is even easier to make than traditional nutty gluten-free granola. There's no chopping necessary Just gather up all of the ingredients, toss them together and bake them low and slow in a single layer on a half sheet pan. That's it.
This is just how I like to eat this granola: over plain yogurt, with some fruit. Alone. Without being Mom'd every 5 seconds. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
Before it goes in the oven, it's kind of pale. But before long, it's gorgeous, fragrant, crunchy and satisfying.
I'm not one to do nutrition facts, but if I were, I'd bet I'd find that this granola is loaded with nutrition. Buckwheat groats, quinoa, chia seeds, millet? Crazy nutrition, all around. And a totally satisfying crunch that you just can't beat. All for a much more reasonable price. Here are the deets:
Kind Gluten Free Granola Maple Quinoa Clusters
6 tablespoons (60 g) brown rice flour
1/2 cup (60 g) certified gluten free oat flour (you can grind your own from whole oats)
1 teaspoon lightly flaked sea salt (or kosher salt)
2 tablespoons (30 g) chia seeds
3/4 cup (about 150 g) whole grains (amaranth, millet, and buckwheat groats are in the original)
1/4 cup (40 g) raw quinoa
3 cups (300 g) certified gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup (40 g) granulated coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup (112 g) canola oil
6 tablespoons (126 g) pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons (42 g) unsulphured molasses
Preheat your oven to 275°F. Line a half-sheet (13-inches x 18-inches) rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, and set it aside.
In a large bowl, place the brown rice flour, oat flour, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the chia seeds, whole grains (amaranth, millet, buckwheat, etc.), quinoa, rolled oats, and sugar, and mix to combine well (working out any lumps in the sugar). Add the oil, maple syrup, and molasses, and mix to combine well. Make sure all of the grains are coated well with the sugar and liquid.
Scrape the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and spread into an even layer. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir carefully to redistribute all of the ingredients and return to the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes. Again, remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir carefully to redistribute all of the ingredients and return to the oven. Bake for a final 10 minutes, or until the granola is lightly golden brown all over.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely, undisturbed. Transfer the granola to a lidded glass container, breaking up large chunks into smaller ones. Seal and store at room temperature.