I don’t know about you, but I don’t like soggy cereal. When I eat a bowl of cereal in the morning (or any time of day, for that matter), I don’t like it if the cereal becomes saturated with milk and goes mushy. To try and avoid this issue (and, believe me, it is an issue), I will eat 2-3 very small helpings of cereal at one sitting.
Instead of pouring, let’s say, half a cup of cereal in my bowl all at once and pouring in the milk, I will pour, perhaps, 1-2 tablespoons worth of cereal instead. Add a bit of milk, eat immediately. Repeat.
Yes, I’m dead serious, and yes, I’m a bit weird.
I also don’t like the cereal to sit too long in the milk so that it actually begins to over-flavor the milk. But I’m getting off-topic and that’s another issue for another day. Let’s get back to the soggy cereal bit.
If you don’t like your cereal to get soggy (like me), pouring only 2 tablespoons worth of cereal each time works! You know what also works? This Easy Grain-Free Nutty Granola! And you can pour more than 2 tablespoons worth at one time!
Made completely from nuts and seeds, without a liquid-absorbing oat in sight, I can avoid the soggy cereal issue. Granted, nuts and seeds will eventually get soggy if left in a liquid long enough. But when I pour milk in my cereal, I also don’t leave it for hours before I eat it (over-flavoring the milk issue, remember?).
Hopefully by now, you’ve already tried my Simple Nutty Granola recipe, which, as the title suggests, is simple and nutty, AND it’s delicious. This Easy Grain-Free Nutty Granola is another tasty alternative except that it is oat-free, grain-free, and gluten-free. Most importantly, it doesn’t get soggy!
All I use are nuts and seeds in this yummy concoction. Like a number of my recipes, you can play a bit with the ingredients and suit it to your preferences. Make my recipe as is, or use whatever nuts or seeds you like best. Add dried fruit or coconut to your batch if you like them!
In keeping with my original granola recipe, I have left the liquid ingredients the same for this Easy Grain-Free Nutty Granola…oil and maple syrup. It is mildly sweet, nutty, and is so yummy with ice cold milk. For another tasty alternative, try the granola with almond milk or rice milk for a dairy-free option.
I like it with a nice helping of fresh fruit, like this fresh-cut papaya…
…or I sprinkle some granola over a bowl of yogurt. Yummy.
Still missing the oats? Mix some of this nut granola in with some rolled oats for a quasi-muesli dish?? How clever is that?
And as a complete departure, you could sprinkle some on top of an ice cream sundae or some frozen yogurt! Who wants boring peanuts when you can have this yummy combination!
Do you dislike soggy cereal? Are you looking for a granola free of oats? Or do you simply want to experiment and see how tasty an oat-free granola can be? Then you will love this Easy Grain-Free Nutty Granola! Give it a try and let me know in the comments below how yours turns out!
Easy Grain-Free Nutty Granola
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbs light olive oil
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- Preheat oven 250 deg F (125 C).
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well.
- Spread mixture on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Granola should be loose and dry when done.
- Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Try it in your kitchen!Use whatever combination of nuts and seeds that you like, as long as the total quantity is about 2 1/2 cups.
For nut options, try walnuts, Brazilnuts, pine nuts, etc.
Add dried fruit if that suits your fancy!
If you make this recipe, share your photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @dayinthekitchen!
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