I like granola but I prefer it without any added sweetener and that is hard to come by. I created this very easy recipe based on one from the book “Uncooking with Raw Rose” by Rose Vasile, which is a great book to introduce you to raw foods. I leave out the date-apple paste so this recipe is quicker and the only sweetener comes from the raisins or dried cranberries.
The groats are sprouted and the seeds are soaked. Soaking and sprouting seeds and grains activates and multiplies nutrients like Vitamins A, B and C. It also removes anti-nutrients or compounds that interfere with the absorption of nutrients, making them more digestible.
2 cups buckwheat groats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup unsweetened shredded or shaved flakes of coconut
1 cup raw cashews or pecans, slightly chopped
Soak the groats in water for about 1 hour, then drain and let them sprout overnight, then rinse them well. Soak the pumpkin seeds 4-6 hours, then rinse them well. Dry the groats and seeds in your dehydrator or oven at a low temperature (about 115 degrees F), which takes about 2 hours depending on how thinly you spread them out.
In the meantime, mix together the coconut flakes, nuts, raisins and flax seeds. Add the groats and seeds from the dehydrator once they are dry. Store in a jar with a tight lid.
Top with a tablespoon of raw hemp hearts and sliced banana, apple or fresh berries. Serve with raw almond milk (or any milk of your choice). If you aren’t eating totally “raw”, then this goes great with yogurt or non-dairy coconut milk yogurt.