Last night someone called me crazy. It is the first time I have really been called crazy since I went raw and friends were calling me crazy all the time (hence the name of the blog… and I actually quite like being a little crazy). Anyway, this was because I put a batch of granola in the dehydrator on Sunday and forgot about it until last night, which was Friday. Lucky it was still good. Actually, it’s better than good, it’s pretty damn addictive, and it’s good for you! Not just because it’s raw, but because I developed it without sweeteners, i.e. agave or maple syrup, and it’s still sweet without being overpowering.
This has ‘super foods’ in it (although I believe all natural foods are super for you, not just those ones that are outrageously, crippling expensive and from poor, exotic, tropical locations!), and was dehydrated until crunchy, and has lots of nuts. In hindsight I could have also called it ‘poverty-inducing granola’ due to the ‘super food’ and fancy nut combination but I’m sure you could mix it up a little and use whatever you have in the cupboard, or whatever you fancy buying (or investing in, as I like to say to justify my (sometimes very) large grocery bills).
I also want to take a minute to dedicate this recipe to my most wonderful raw foodie friend Brooke. We both like Alissa Cohen’s granola recipe but it uses a bucket-load of agave and we never really feel comfortable with it, hence me finding an alternative. And it was her idea to add mulberries – love!
Ingredients (approx 8 servings)
- 12 medjool dates
- 1 sweet red apple
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Pinch pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 1/2 cup sprouted buckwheat – you will need a few days lead time. Good news is that they keep for ages once sprouted and dried so you can make a load of them and store them for emergency granola cravings (see Deb’s post from Fourty-Something Fatso for instructions)
- 1/2 cup raw oats groats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/4 cup mulberries
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- If the dates are already soft and you have a high speed blender, simply put the dates, apple, vanilla essence, salt and water in the blender and blend until smooth. If the dates are a little hard or your blender needs a bit of assistance you can soak the dates in some water for an hour or two to soften. Place in large mixing bowl.
- Add sprouted buckwheat, oats groats, and coconut to mixing bowl.
- Dice the berries and nuts into small chunks. Add to the bowl and mix. The mixture should be somewhat sticky but not gooey.
- Spread out on dehydrator trays in thin layers (makes about 2 Excalibur trays) and dehydrate at 104°F for 9 hours or until crispy.
- Store in airtight container for as long as it lasts – it is great to take on the road in little bags to snack on dry, or to put in a bowl with your favorite nut milk for breakfast. This recipe makes a lot but a. it keeps for ages, and b. you will probably eat it before any kind of ‘use by’ date is even a topic of conversation :)
As with any thing like this, the recipe is only a guide. Experiment with ingredients and quantities to suit your tastes, and have fun with it!
Nutritional Info, per serve*
- Calories = 394
- Carbs (g) = 62
- Fat (g) = 18
- Protein (g) = 8
- Sugar (g) = 31
- Iron (%) = 16% RDI
* This doesn’t include any milk you may add :)