Raw Vegan Sprouted Granola
Raw food doesn't have to be boring, and you don't have give up the classics that you love, like granola. With a little creativity, you can make a raw vegan version of pretty much anything; and often times, it tastes even better than the original cooked version. This granola is gluten free, low fat, loaded with nutrients, and it tastes great!
You will need a dehydrator for this recipe. I love the excalibur dehydrator: http://amzn.to/2Bvv6d5
If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven at a very low heat setting.
I cup sprouted buckwheat. Here's a good brand of sprouting seeds: http://amzn.to/2F5Ospe
1 apple, chopped into small pieces
1/4 pumpkin seeds (optional)
3 pitted medjool dates
Soak 1 cup of buckwheat groats in filtered water over night or for at least 8 hours. Rinse and strain them thoroughly in a mesh strainer. The buckwheat will have a slimy consistency at first, so rinse it until it is not longer slimy.
Put the rinsed buckwheat in a bowl and set aside.
Blend the dates with about 1/4- 1/2 a cup of filtered water or coconut water until smooth. Pour the mixture on top of the buckwheat and stir it until it is well mixed.
Add in all your toppings: chopped apple, raisins, pumpkin seeds, etc. Feel free to add any other toppings that you want. Gogi berries, coconut flakes, golden berries and cacao nibs are all yummy additions as well. If you like cinnamon, you can add a few dashes (be careful though, a little goes a long way).
Take one of the trays from the dehydrator and place a non-stick sheet on top. Spread the mixture over the sheet so that it is fairly thinly spread (not too thinly though, the buckwheat needs to stick together). Place the tray in the dehydrator and set it to 115 degrees. Let the granola dehydrate for 7 to 8 hours or until it is dry and crunchy. Remove the granola from the non-stick sheet; it will break off in chunks. Enjoy!
You can make a delicious cereal by adding some seasonal berries, and banana milk or some home-made almond milk or nut milk of your choice. To make banana milk, simply place 2 fresh bananas in the blender along with 1-2 pitted medjool dates, and about 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth (this makes one serving). I recommend making it fresh every time because it will not hold up well in the fridge.