Nut-Free Barley Granola
This recipe has been adapted from My Recipes. I absolutely love the use of barley as an alternative to traditional oats that I have been accustomed to using with homemade granola recipes.
Barley granola was initially introduced as part of a preschool cooking and food art initiative, and has now become a staple at home for plain yogurt, or just as a quick go-to snack. Since this is also a nut-free recipe, it is an excellent addition to school snacks and lunches.
Easy to make and fairly nutritious, I recommend giving this a try in your home – it has certainly passed the taste test with many young children over the last couple of years!
1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seed kernels
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seed kernels (or ½ cup just instead of pumpkin seeds)
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/8 cup hemp hearts
1/8 cup unsweetened coconut
2 cups rolled barley flakes
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ (you can toast yourself, or purchase)
1. Preheat oven to 325°.
2. Place pumpkin seed kernels and sunflower seed kernels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325° for 5 minutes. Let cool.
3. Combine syrup and next 6 ingredients (through cardamom) in a medium bowl. Stir in toasted kernels, hemp hearts, coconut, barley, and wheat germ.
4. Spread barley mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes.
5. Remove from oven; cool granola in pan on a wire rack... Store in an airtight container.