gRAWnola Recipe!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

For years I've made granola in the oven, but I've been curious about raw versions of granola as well. After seeing some crazy high prices for raw granola in the health food store, I decided to experiment with making it myself. The other day I made a mistake when trying to make some raw cookies, and ended up developing a gRAWnola recipe instead! :) Here is how it goes:

Soaked 3 cups of steel cut oat groats overnight, along with some raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, and some flax seeds. (Just throw it all in a bowl and cover it with water. It'll expand, so be sure to have a big enough bowl and plenty of water.)

In the morning drain off the water. In the food processor throw in a banana or two, a couple cored apples, some cinnamon and nutmeg, some agave nectar or raw honey, and the oats and nuts. Process it all until smooth. Spread onto teflex sheets in the dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 degrees or less for the whole day. (once you get to 110 degrees or so you are cooking the food and destroying the enzymes, so it's best to go for the lower temp and keep the good stuff in your food)

Throughout the day check on the progress. Use a spatula to break up the granola, flip it to expose the damp sides, etc. At the end of the day it will probably be dry enough to call it done. I then toss it back into the food processor to chunk it up better. I store it in the fridge in a ziploc bag.

Obviously, you could add more/less/different nuts, fruits, coconut, spices, etc. depending on what you're looking for. Very versatile, easy, and can be fairly inexpensive.

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