I love cold cereal and granola.
When I was a kid, I used to eat a bowl (or two) after dinner every night! Some of my favorites were Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Rice Krispies, and Just Right. I could often be found siphoning out the raisins and dates from any box that contained them, and I always added extra raisins to the cereals that didn't. :-]
My biggest hurdles with granola are typically the amount of sugar, fat, and carbs that they contain. If I consume any more than a sprinkle on top of some yogurt, I often become fatigued from sugar overload. With this granola, I wanted to employ something that contained a bit more protein, that wasn't a grain, and that was unique, so I called upon the almighty lentil.
Grain-Free, Nut-Free Granola
- ¾ c. red lentils
- ¼ c. pumpkin seeds
- 2 T. sesame seeds
- 3 T. maple syrup
- 4 t. oil such as olive, coconut, or walnut
- 1 t. vanilla
- ½ t. cinnamon
- ¼ t. + 1/8 t. sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Add the lentils into a saucepan and cover them with water.
- Bring the mix to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let the lentils cook for five minutes.
- Drain the lentils and let them cool a bit.
- In a bowl, mix the lentils with the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the mix onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, and let them bake for 50-60 minutes (stir the mix once or twice during that time).
- Cool and enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe
I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the red lentils as a cereal. I typically eat them in Dahl or soup, so it was a refreshing change to try them in something sweet. While I added pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds to mine, you could add whatever seeds or nuts you like. You could also mix in some dried fruit for extra texture and sweetness.
The crunch from the lentils reminds me a bit of Grape Nuts, only better, and if you really want to enjoy it Oatmeal-with-a-Fork style, throw some raisins in that bad boy! 😀
What food did you eat a lot of as a kid?
On the nights I wasn't eating cereal, I was enjoying a tub of buttered popcorn. 😀
Shared with: Healthy Vegan Friday, Fat Tuesday
Oh this one...this one is the bees knees!
Since I've been on a determined search for granola rather than a bowl of sugar I am shocked how little there is on offer.
This one is your best one ...definitely.
I heart lentils! lol Can I be honest??? I try to not have granola in the house. Why you ask? My lack of self-control around it! So embarrassing to admit that!! However, this looks like something I would love and still be able to maintain some portion control 🙂 I can't wait to make it! Your recipes are always the best, Lauren!
Lol, I know what you mean Sammi, I'm the same way with granola! 🙂
I love, love, love granola, but haven't had it since I cut out most grains. This may just be the answer to my craving.
Me too Peggy! This is a great option, especially if you were ever a fan of Grape Nuts, as it's got a nice crunch to it! 🙂
What! Lentil granola? How is it I missed this 🙂 Awesome idea. Can't wait to try it!
Haha, thanks Sharon! 🙂
Wow, lentils in granola, I've never seen that idea before!
This granola sounds very intriguing. It would make a great breakfast with a bowl of Greek yogurt (for me, the non-vegan), and perhaps some blueberries.
The only foods I remember really liking as a child were the raisins and semi-sweet chocolate my mother kept for herself. I managed to sneak those things for years, apparently without her figuring it out - amazing since she kept such a tight watch on everything we did. Can't deal with raisins much anymore because they are so full of sugar, but chocolate is an important part of my diet now.
Um, I was right. My daughter really wanted to try it, but, several hours later, there isn't much here! It tastes great sprinkled over steel cut oats, by itself, with fruit.....I did cook it a bit longer, but it did get nice and crunchy.....even went to the grocery to buy more red lentils so I can make more tomorrow (afraid to make it tonight for fear I will eat it all again)
I just made this. Didn't have coconut oil, so used the same amount of.....unsweetened applesauce. Oh my, this is ADDICTIVE. LOVE IT, thank you soooo much. Using red lentils (one of my favorite foods) is absolute brilliance!!! THANK YOU
Haha! Thank you for trying it Jane! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂
Lentils in granola!? Brilliant! I can't wait to try this!
Now this I have to try! I would never have thought to try lentils in granola!
Davida @The Healthy Maven
love the idea of making granola with lentils! You come up with some of the most creative recipes 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Thanks girl! I hope you have a lovely weekend as well! 🙂
I love this recipe and it's very similar to one I made with brown lentils Brown lentils have a lovely nutty taste, you may like to try them sometime when you make this again! I don't know why the recipe didn't hit my blog - I think it's still in drafts!!
Gabby @ the veggie nook
You and I had the exact same cereal habits as a kid as well as the same favourites! Oh Just Right, how I miss you! This looks like a great replacement, must try red lentils in granola!
Lol! I didn't think anyone else had been a fan of Just Right, so that is seriously cracking me up right now! 😀
I used to love Just Right, too!