Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year, New Resolutions, New Recipes!

Well, hello there! Welcome to 2012! As with any New Year, there are always new resolutions of things we'll try to do better at or change within the coming year. Along with eating healthier, another resolution of mine is to bring this poor neglected blog out of retirement.

And what better way than with a new recipe? This is by far one of my most favorite granola recipes of all times. It is my variation of an old favorite from Cafe Gratitude's cookbook, "I Am Grateful." It's hearty, it's fulfilling, and it's perfect for breakfast or a snack. I use my dehydrator to make this, but those without could easily make it in a low heating oven or even baked at a low temperature. Regardless of how you make it, this will be the perfect recipe to jump start your day and help you stick to that "eat healthier" resolution.

And stay tuned later in the week for some more healthy recipes!


New Year's Granola

1 cup raw almonds, soaked 12 hours
1/2 c raw sunflower seeds, soaked 6 hours
1/2 c whole buckwheat, soaked 6 hours
3 apples, grated
7 medjool dates
1 banana
1/2 c dried cranberries (or blueberries or cherries)
1/2 c chia seeds
1/2 c dried coconut
2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c shelled hemp seeds

Soak nuts and buckwheat, then drain and rinse. Add to large bowl. In small food processor, process dates and bananas until creamy. Add to bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Spread out onto dehydrator trays (use a paraflexx sheet if mixture is too wet). Dehydrate at 105 degrees for at least 12 hours. I prefer my granola a little softer, but dehydrate to desired texture. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Looking for more recipes to use with your dehydrator?
*Flax Crackers with Everything
*Lemon Macaroons
*Mexican Crackers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds/looks like a great granola to try, as well as place on my desk as a healthy grazing snack throughout the day. Thanks... and keep the recipes coming, many are now my absolute favorites!