Raw Granola recipe

This is the first raw granola recipe that I have made. Although I have been wanting to make some since purchasing our dehydrator, it just hadn't worked out yet. I am very happy to announce, after eating tons of pre-packaged granola in my life, this one IS the best I've ever tasted!

Here's the story..... I recently went to a Cafe Gratitude, if you live in California and haven't been to one yet... GO! Find the closest location, take a trip, spend the weekend in the car and GO! When you get there, choose any item on the menu, or all of them, eat great food, take some to go if you can (for the long trip home) and don't forget to purchase the "I am Grateful" recipe book! Okay, you don't have to make a special trip, but the next time you travel, find a Cafe Gratitude along your path and make sure you're hungry! The closest Cafe Gratitude to me is almost 3 hours away. No, I didn't make a special trip, but the last time I went to the city I was blessed to be able to enjoy a meal in Healdsburg with my niece. I purchased a recipe book and we have now enjoyed several recipes, and can't wait to make more.

Here's the granola. I had to substitute some nuts, not because the flavor was lacking (since this was my first attempt), it's just what I had on hand. The recipe does mention to "adjust to your liking".

One great thing about making raw living food recipes that I have found is substitutions are very simple and don't ruin your recipe. No more quick trips to the store for eggs, baking powder or buttermilk! How many times has that happened to you while baking? It used to happen to me ALL THE TIME! Then I moved 15 minutes away from the closest market that isn't open 24/7. What do you do when you need that one ingredient for the cake that needs to be done the next day and you are baking it at 9:00 pm? I was always trying to find substitutes and they never really worked as well as the store bought stuff, IF you could find the alternative ingredients in your kitchen!

That's enough rambling... on with the photo and recipe.



I Am Great - Raw Granola recipe - by Cafe Gratitude


1 1/2 cups soaked almonds
1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds
1/2 cup soaked whole buckwheat
5 cups grated apple, (about 7 small apples), any kind
1/2 cup pureed dates (about 7 large dates) soaked for about 15 minutes
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup dry coconut flakes
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon salt

Rinse and drain the seeds. Place in food processor and quickly chop to reduce size of seeds only. Place mixture into large bowl. Grate apples, add to nut mixture. Puree dates in food process with the "S" blade attachment, if the dates are soaked for a short time (not too much or they'll be too soggy) it helps this process, if you forgot to soak the dates, add a little apple while pureeing, it will help. Add all the ingredients to the nut mixture and stir.

Prepare 2 dehydrator trays with Teflex sheets. Place 1/2 the mixture on each sheet, use your hands or a spreader to spread approx 3/8 inch thick. The mixture is moist, but that's a good thing, in the end it is wonderful and chewy. If you like it crunchy, use less apple. Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour and then reduce temperature to 115 until done. When your granola is dry enough to peel off the Teflex sheets, do so and place onto the grid sheets. Continue to dehydrate until dry.


NOTES:
I made a double batch, I was pretty confident it would be wonderful. Approx drying time was 48 hours. Of course it will vary depending on the humidity. It was raining while my recipe was in the dehydrator.

The cost? Probably about the same as 2 boxes of regular granola bars...approx 12 to 16 bars. My double batch yielded 2 full 8 cup jars and about 3 cups of crumbs (that was on purpose, I wanted some for cereal). That's probably 20 bars per jar, 40-45 bars. It's chewy and crunchy at the same time. Get that dehydrator out of the box (I know you have one.... ) and make some granola for you and your kids!!! Nathan loved it, Ali said there was too much dried coconut. Next run we'll have a "coconut free" sheet for Ali.

Have a favorite granola bar? Look at the ingredients on the label. Can you picture all of them growing in a field or on a tree? What are we feeding ourselves and our kids? Now, ask yourself.... what's stopping me from making it at home?

 

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  • 2/9/2010 8:02 PM Neven wrote:
    The granola looks really yummy, I'll have to try it soon.
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    1. 2/9/2010 10:07 PM Toni wrote:
      Definite must try! I think I'm hooked on putting it in a bowl with some hemp milk like cereal...maybe a banana, mmmmm!

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  • 2/12/2010 12:04 PM French Cooking for Dummies wrote:
    These granola bars look amazing
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    1. 2/12/2010 3:46 PM Toni wrote:
      Thank you....they are a hit for sure! The double batch is almost gone already

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  • 3/9/2010 12:37 AM Cathy wrote:
    This granola looks awesome! Just wondering,how long do you soak the buckwheat?I am kind of new to raw food
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    1. 3/9/2010 10:57 AM Damon wrote:
      Welcome "home" to raw food I like to say! Thanks for stopping by... start by rinsing your groats very well and letting them soak in water for about 8-12hrs then rinse well again (the water will seem kinda thick, this is normal... Groats love to be rinsed a LOT, especially the first day you want to rinse off that gel that if rinsed well will give you better results toward the end of your 3-4 day sprouting. After about 3 days of rinsing well and setting the sprout jar at an angle to drain excess water you should see little "tails" on the groats. At that point you can either use them for granola or dehydrate them and jar them up when dry to save for when you need them. They will keep for months and are great on salads too!

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  • 11/21/2010 9:49 PM Ashlee & Yuriy Disman wrote:
    Hey Thank you soo much for sharing! This looks GREAT! I love sharing in this Raw Food lifestyle! Thank you! I have some pretty good recipes as well you can check out at: shalomholistics.com

    thanks again!
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    1. 11/22/2010 5:20 PM Toni wrote:
      Thank you for the great comment. I checked out your blog also, you have a beautiful wife and child. I hope the raw food lifestyle is helping you manage your pain. We live 4 hours north of San Francisco. If you ever want to see beautiful country and very large trees, come to Humboldt county!
      Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season. Keep watching our site for some great raw holiday recipes.

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  • 12/2/2010 10:17 AM Lavern Owie wrote:
    Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
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  • 1/18/2011 5:57 PM connie bertholf wrote:
    saw this on fb... when you said seeds did you mean nuts too? for the granola bars?
    thanks cb
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    1. 1/26/2011 6:12 PM Toni wrote:
      Connie,
      The recipe takes both nuts and seeds. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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