Gluten free granola is a must in my house. For me. I don't have great granola-sharing habits, though. I tend to hoard it. And then the kids as “will you share your granola?” And so I give them a few clusters. But it's expensive, even to make. You know what that means! Time for another in our Make It Or Buy It blog series. Should you make your own homemade gluten free granola … or should you buy?[pinit]
I used one of my favorite recipes for Gluten Free Granola (maple almond, to be exact), but there's also another favorite, dead simple recipe of mine on page 72 of my First Cookbook. The maple almond granola uses things like almond oil and, well, almonds, coconut chips and pure maple syrup, so it's really not cheap, you know? Figuring out what both the homemade and store-bought versions cost, and how they compared, was a real nail biter!
The homemade make-it version of my gluten free granola is, clearly (since I hoard it), a true gem (according to me, specifically). So it was going to be hard to beat, you know? And I haven't much cared for the packaged gluten free granola brands that I've tried so far. They were o-kay, but far from equal to what I know I can make at home, and with relative ease. I had to level the playing field. So I tried a new type of store-bought granola. Ready?
I tried KIND Healthy Grains Oats & Honey Clusters gluten free granola. And, seriously?
It was …. amazing! And even though homemade granola still is pretty expensive, KIND packaged granola costs nearly 3 times as much. But it's pretty easy to find, and they sell it on amazon.com for a really nice price (and if you have Amazon Prime, it's currently available with free shipping). It's so good, in fact, that I'm thinking about trying to recreate it with a homemade version just because it's got a ton of fabulous gluten free grains in it (millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, oats) and it's nutty and not too sweet not to mention that it has a ton of clusters, which I personally love. Try it with (my new favorite thing) strained plain whole milk yogurt. Heaven! Here are the details (oh, and you know I love my homemade version, so no real need to talk about that again):
So … I'm short on Make It Or Buy It suggestions at the moment. Any other packaged gluten free products you'd like me to try and compare to the homemade version? Let me know in the comments!
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