Today, I am sharing my family's favourite granola recipe. It is a recipe I came up with while experimenting with raw foods several years ago and it stuck! It, along with a few other raw recipes are among our faves. While this recipe may appear lengthy it is well worth the effort and I often double or quadruple the recipe and freeze it.
Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Granola
- 3/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 cup almonds*
- 1 1/2 cup walnuts*
- 1 1/2 cup pecans*
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds*
- 1 cup sunflower seeds*
- 1 cup raisins
1. To begin soak all nuts and seeds in water for 6-8 hours. Read below for the reason, or skip this step and move on to step 2.
2. Pulse nuts in batches in a food processor just until chunky, pouring into a large bowl when done. Add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins to the bowl. Mix honey, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in food processor until smooth. Pour the honey, apple mixture over the nut mixture and stir until well-combined. Hating to drag out the food processor, I often chop the nuts coarsely with a knife and whir up the honey/apple mixture in the blender!
3. If you have a dehydrator, spread onto screens and dehydrate @ 115 F for about 36 hours. Remember you must re-dry the nuts and seeds as well as drying the honey apple mixture.
4. If you do not have a dehydrator, bake at a very low setting to dehydrate nuts and set honey apple mixture. As I have never dried this granola in the oven, I am unsure how long it will take. (My apologies!)
Note about nuts and seeds:
Before making this granola, I always soak the nuts and seeds. Why you ask? Well for a number of reasons. When you soak nuts and seeds you reduce and remove the amount of phytic acid* found in them, help to neutralize enzyme inhibitors and make the nutrients found in the nuts and seeds more readily available.
*phytic acid found not only in nuts and seeds, but in grains and legumes as well, binds to minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and chromium in the intestine and carries them out of the body instead of into the system where they are needed.