This is a basic recipe which you can change to your own liking. Play around with different nuts, seeds and spices. You can add dried fruit but sometimes it’s better to mix them in after you let it cool to contain the moisture in the fruit.
You can also play around with the sweetener. Maple syrup and honey are better than sugar because they contain nutrients but they still go into the blood fairly quickly. Brown rice syrup and agave on the other hand do not raise blood sugar levels fast, so they are a better choice if you need to watch your blood sugar levels. Mind you, they still do contain as much calories as sugar.
Oats are naturally gluten free. The problem is that due to cross contamination most of our oats contain gluten. The way around it is to buy certified gluten free oats. Bob's Red Mill brand does them. Ask your local health food store about them.
2 cups rolled oats (get certified gluten free ones if you are on a strict no gluten diet)
¾ cup nuts: walnuts, almonds etc, coarsely chopped
¾ cup seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame etc.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup or agave (or use a mix to taste)
½ tablespoon oil, whatever one you prefer, I use olive oil
Preheat the oven to 300F / 150C
In a bowl mix the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, ginger and salt together.
Drizzle the maple syrup or alternative and the oil over the oat mixture.
Mix with a spatula, don’t worry it looks very dry in the beginning but keep mixing till everything is shiny, this will happen.
Spread the mixture out onto a lined baking tray and put it in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes but make sure to turn it every 10 minutes to prevent it from burning.
Let it cool and store it in an airtight container for 2 weeks, if it lasts that long.
You can easily double the recipe.