Over the years, I have searched for a breakfast cereal that isn’t highly processed, full of sugar (even in disguise!) and that my kids (5 and 3) will actually eat. And now I have found it.
This raw food granola recipe is so incredibly munchably tasty and so easy to make. My 5 year-old insisted on it after dinner tonight and wants it for breakfast tomorrow. And it’s blissfully nutritious! Packed with all the stuff he would normally refuse to eat. I’m one very chuffed mummy. 🙂
Once you have soaked / sprouted the various ingredients, the actual preparation time is only 10-15 minutes. Then you pretty much forget about it in the dehydrator for a day or so. It couldn’t be much easier!
24 hours’ soaking & sprouting time (oat groats, almonds, quinoa, cashews) ~ 15 minutes for chopping & preparation ~ 24 hours in the dehydrator
3 cups oat groats
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup quinoa
1 cup cashew nuts (optional)
1/2 -1 cup pumpkin seeds (hulled – i.e. shell removed)
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
2 fresh apples
6 figs (dried or fresh -whichever is available)
OPTIONAL – for sweet-tooth-munchers – 3 tablespoons honey / agave syrup / maple syrup
How To Make It
For the oat groats, almonds and quinoa (all separately!):
Soak them overnight and then rinse & drain well. Spread on a baking tray and cover with a tea towel, leaving for 12 hours to “sprout”.
- If using the cashews, soak them for 2 hours, then rinse and drain well.
- Do the same for the pumpkin seeds.
- Soak the figs & dates together for 2 hours. Drain, but keep the soak water for step 7.
- In a food processor, blitz the pumpkin seeds to chop them quite finely – see picture.
- Do the same for the almonds and cashews.
- Peel and core the apples. Chop them roughly. Put them in a good liquidiser with the dates and figs and about 1/2 cup of the soak water. Blitz until smooth.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix the apple / date / fig puree with the dried ingredients (see picture).
Place on dehydrator trays (with non-stick sheets under) and dehydrate at 105 F / 41 C for about 24 hours, until dry. If you break up the clumps and move the mix around a couple of times during the 24 hours, it dries more quickly.
- Allow to cool to room temperature (doesn’t take long – prevents condensation & mould)) before storing in an airtight container for up to a month.
- Enjoy on its own or with rice milk / fresh almond milk for an incredibly nutritious meal!
Variation: You could add ground cinnamon or some fresh lemon zest (grated) to the apple mixture, if you wish.
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