I may have implied otherwise, but the cookbook is definitely not done. I’m wrapping up some final food photo shoots this week, and working with a local photographer to take some fun shots of Cookie and me. I have about one million photos of Cookie, but very few of us together, so I’m looking forward to having those.
We also have several rounds of edits to go, and the design process is just beginning. Eek! It’s too much, but I’m giving it my all.
I’ve been feeling sentimental for simpler times, like the family reunions on July 4th that I mentioned earlier this week. Then I got to thinking about all those potato chips, and the value of a good breakfast, so I started daydreaming about a festive, but wholesome, Independence Day breakfast.
I landed here—a red, white, and blue bowl of yogurt, granola and berries. Can we take a moment to commend the Founding Fathers for choosing such a classic color combination? It doesn’t get better than star-spangled red, white and blue.
I added coconut to the granola for a white component, but of course, it turned golden in the oven. The trick with adding coconut to granola is to either bake it at a low temperature, or add the coconut late in the baking process, so the coconut doesn’t burn. I opted for the latter, and it worked great. I called it triple coconut granola because I used both large coconut flakes and shredded coconut, along with coconut oil, so it’s infused with real coconut flavor and texture throughout.
I used Bob’s Red Mill’s certified gluten-free oats for the recipe, so I can share it freely with all of my gluten-free friends. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but can be contaminated with gluten in the fields and processing facilities, so I’m glad that Bob’s Red Mill offers a safe option for those with sensitivities. You know how much I love oats (forty-two recipes and counting!).
Lastly, I served it with fresh blueberries and strawberries, and my new favorite breakfast component—defrosted frozen raspberries. It’s so simple, it almost seems silly, but I’ve been pouring frozen raspberries into a bowl and letting them defrost in the fridge overnight. By the morning, they’re nice and juicy, almost compote-like on their own.
They’re fantastic on toast with almond butter, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal and granola. It’s an inexpensive and delicious way to start the day with some powerful antioxidants, including cancer-fighting ellagic acid. Try it and let me know if you love it, too?
- 4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (also known as old-fashioned oats)
- 1 cup slivered almonds or nuts of choice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes*
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Optional: ⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, cinnamon, salt and ground ginger. Using a silicone or rubber spatula, stir to combine.
- Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla (we’re going to add the coconut later, so keep it nearby). Stir until every oat is lightly and evenly coated. Using your spatula, scrape the contents of the bowl onto your prepared pan, making sure to get every last bit of liquid. Spread the granola into an even layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven, add both the coconut flakes and shredded coconut, and stir it all together. Place the pan back into the oven until the coconut is lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Let the granola cool completely on the pan. It will further crisp up as it cools.
- Store the granola in an airtight container, like a freezer bag (if you're adding dried fruit, add it now). This granola will stay fresh at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
*Where to buy coconut flakes: Look for them in the baking section at Whole Foods, health food stores or in the health food section of well-stocked grocery stores. I used Bob's Red Mill brand. You can also replace the coconut flakes with more shredded coconut.
Make it gluten free: Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats!
Make it nut free: Substitute pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) for the almonds.
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