Jan 20, 2013

Yummy Granola

Granola (with tweaks)

2 apples, any variety
1 generous cup of soaked dates
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tsp orange zest (to taste)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts, soaked a couple of hours
2 cups buckwheat, rinsed well & soaked a few hours
2 cups almonds, soaked
3 cups pecans, soaked
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried cranberries - I omit
1 cup raisins
1 cup golden flax seeds, ground or whole (use whole golden)
*3 cups thick rolled oats (You  use about 2 cups whole oats that I soak for 3-4 days in the fridge to soften. Then I dehydrate to keep them on hand for this recipe. I use 3 cups of the soaked & dehydrated oats. If you're soaking them just for this recipe, soak 2 cups whole oats and mix them in.

In a food processor, place one apple, the soaked dates along with about 1/4 cup of the soak water, maple syrup, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, salt & walnuts....grind until completely smooth. Transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Add the remaining apple, chopped. Then place the almonds & pecans into the food processor, Coarsely chop nuts in a few quick pulses. Add them to the bowl along with the apple mixture, add all other ingredients.....combine well.

Spread the granola on lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 - 8 hours. Peel off the Teflex sheeting and continue to dehydrate until the granola is crunchy. Break into pieces and once completely cooled, store in airtight containers. This granola will last for many weeks.

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