For my very first attempt at making "Granola" I'm happy to say that this next recipe was a success! I had been needing to revamp my breakfasts for a while because the smoothie thing can get a little boring, and honestly sometimes I just want to chew my food. I'm happy that I've got something new to crunch on, and also something that will sustain me until lunchtime comes around. You don't have to eat this for just breakfast though - no siree - you can mix it with fresh fruit and enjoy it as a lunch meal, keep it in your pocket for a mid-meal snack, or even use it as a crunchy component to a dessert Parfait! Oh the possibilities!
Step 1. Making your Granny
1 c Sunflower Seeds
2 c Oat Groats - soaked over night and chopped in food processor (not ground!)
2 c Walnuts chopped //or// 2 c Oat Groats prepped as above
2 c Dried Fruit - I used Blueberries and sun-dried Raisins --- you can also opt to not use any dried fruit and sub it for additional nuts/oat groats
Set your dry Granny mix aside in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2. Granny Sweetener/binder
9 Medjool Dates - soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
1/2 c Coconut Crystals //or// 9 more Medjool Dates soaked
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Vinegar
1 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
3/4 c Water
Puree the above ingredients until very smooth. Transfer your sweetener/binder to the mixing bowl containing the contents of your Dry Granny mix (see Step 1). Mix the Sweetener evenly throughout your Granny mix.
Dehydrate: On non-stick teleflex sheets or parchment paper for 6 to 8 hours (or over night).
Conventional oven: Set at it's lowest heat, leaving the oven door cracked open. If you opt to use your oven keep a close eye on your mixture, checking every two hours or so.
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