Gluten free granola

You know how much I love oats and therefore love granola!

buckwheat sprinkles
Well, it occurred to me that it might be nice (insert: ‘different’ 'a challenge’) to come up with a gluten free version that did not rely on oats as the main ingredient. I know it is entirely possible to purchase oats that are fully gluten free  (i.e without the risk of cross contamination) but they are typically expensive, and you know what… I simply wanted to give myself another opportunity to indulge in a little creative granola making!

In true Including Cake style I needed to think outside the a little. So here we have two options…one quite normal and the other a bit quirky! I encourage you to give them both a go, or simple do both together!

chickpea granola
You can see in the pictures that the buckwheat groats which I’d soaked and then left on the side for a while actually started to sprout- that wasn’t intentional and is not necessary. This granola is really crisp and it  makes a great sprinkly topping for desserts.

The second type…Wait for it…contains chickpeas! You saw that coming, right?

This was inspired by the savoury roasted chickpeas, which I’ve been experimenting with a lot more recently. I found this a really lovely granola mix and you really would know you were eating chickpeas once spiced and roasted in that way.

You can change this recipe up an way you wish with alternative spices or  by omitting the cacao powder. The one thing I would say about these GF granolas is that they do not clump together to the same degree as an oat granola would, so great as sprinkles or breakfasts but not so easy to eat as large snacky clumps…well that was my experience but you may find it comes together differently.

Either way… super yummy in my tummy. Enjoy!

Recipe: Gluten free granola

Makes approx. 1 cup

Buckwheat granola: Ingredients

½ cup buckwheat groats (pre-soaked overnight and drained)
¼ cup quinoa flakes
1 tsp cacoa powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut/rapeseed oil
2 tbs apple puree
2 tbs agave
2 tbs chia seeds

Chickpea  granola: Ingredients

½ cup cooked chickpeas- partially processed or mashed (so there are both large and small pieces)
¼ cup mixed seeds (I used pumpkin, chia and sunflower)
1 tsp cacoa powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut/rapeseed oil
2  tbs apple puree
2 tbs agave


Mix all ingredients together until well coated. Lay on a greased/lined baking sheet in clumps or a loose even layer.
Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until crispy.

There are more granola recipes here!

For further guidance on making gluten free choices please see this post.

For tips and info on recipe measurement conversions, ingredients, substitutions and the methods behind how I do things.... check out my 'baking tips' tab at the top of the page.
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