Gluten-Free Walnut-Raspberry Granola

Gluten-Free Walnut-Raspberry Granola

This is made with frozen raspberries and is intended for freezer storage. That keeps it at maximum crispness (a key for any good granola!)  - and keeps it fresher, too. The berries will store beautifully this way, and everything will defrost very quickly in your cereal bowl, after you add milk (regular or soy).

Ingredients

  • Nonstick spray for the baking tray
  • 4 cups rolled oat flakes, gluten-free (check the label because some are not)
  • 1 cup oat bran (optional)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1 cup soy protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup light honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 or more cups frozen unsweetened raspberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 13 X 18-inch baking tray with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the flakes, bran (if using), sunflower seeds, walnuts, protein powder in a large bowl. Combine the oil, honey or syrup and vanilla extract, and pour this in. Mix thoroughly. (Use your hands, if necessary.) Spread onto prepared baking tray. 
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden. (Stir it two or three times during the baking.)
  4. Crumble in sugar as soon as it comes out of the oven, letting it melt in. Cool it on the tray. The granola will get crunchy as it cools.  
  5. After the mixture has completely cooled, gently stir in the berries until the cereal surrounds them like a protective coating. Carefully pack the mixture into sealable plastic bags or jars, close them tightly, and freeze.