This post is part of the Tuesday Twister over at GNOWFGLINS.
I’ve been making raw granola this week and wanted to share the procedure with you. In my effort to provide more and more raw and whole foods for my family, I hoped to replace their regular sugary cereals with a more nutritious combination of raw seeds, nuts, fruit and grains.
I started with 4 cups of organic, steel cut oats. I soaked the oats in 2 cups of kefir to break down the phytic acid and make the nutrients more available to our bodies.
I soaked the oats for 24 hours. You could use yogurt or even water and a little apple cider vinegar. I would probably use some kombucha too and I might do that next time.
After the oats are soaked I added all the other ingredients. I used raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, organic golden raisins, organic dried cherries sweetened with apple juice and organic dried cranberries sweetened with juice. Its not too sweet so at this point, taste it, and add a little bit of honey to sweeten it as desired.
Once everything was mixed well, I placed big spoonfuls of it on parchment paper and dried it in my Excalibuer dehydrator at a temperature of 108* til it was dry and crisp. I crumbled it up and stored it in jars. I guess I should add that it is delicious! The whole family enjoys it, even Mr Picky. Its good with milk as a cereal, as a topping for yogurt and ice cream and as a snack.