Raw Vegan Granola Recipe

My Goji-Goodness Raw Vegan Granola Recipe (Nut Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Do I have any fellow granola lovers out there??  Believe it or not, but not all granolas are considered healthy. And, sometimes even the “healthy” ones aren’t really all that healthy!  This is why it’s so important to learn how to read labels, especially when buying pre-packaged items.

To give you an idea, I’ve listed two popular brands of granola below along with their ingredients (based on each brand’s official website).

Comparison_ChartAs you can see, there are several ingredients listed above that are questionable.  Always opt for products that have the Certified Organic and/or Non-GMO Project labels when buying pre-packaged items, such as granola.

rawVSstoreTo make my delicious Raw Vegan Goji-Goodness Granola, you will need the following kitchen gadgets:

  • Large Bowl (for mixing)
  • Food Processor
  • Dehydrator (can also use a stove w/ the door half way opened)

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Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Buckwheat (soaked in water for 6-8 hours will yield 3 Cups after soaked)
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds (soaked for 6-8 hours will yield 1 Cup after soaked.. can also sprout these as I do but not necessary)
  • 1 Cup Raw Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Cup Dry Goji Berries
  • 1/2 Cup Pitted Dates (packed tightly)
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Any Liquid Sweetener (i.e. Maple Syrup, Coconut Nectar, Agave, etc.)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or Pink Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Berry Soaked Water

Step_1Drain the Goji Berries before adding to the Mixing Bowl in Step #2.  But, save 2 Tbsp of the water you soaked the goji berries in for future use.

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paste copyAfter forming the paste in Step #3 (above), add paste to the Large Mixing Bowl with the other ingredients and blend thoroughly.  I like to use my hands for this step to ensure the paste is mixed in completely.  Lastly, line your dehydrator with parchment paper and spread mixture very thinly onto dehydrator.  Dehydrate for 12-24 hours depending on how crunchy you want it to be… it helps to crumble the mixture around the 8 hour mark.

dehydrator copyThis recipe will yield about 5-6 Cups of fresh, crunchy, and delicious granola…. ENJOY!!

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*These prices reflect the amount listed at the time of writing this blog post.  Prices may vary.

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Raw Vegan Granola

Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free

  • 1 1/2 C. Raw Buckwheat
  • 1/2 C. Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 C. Dried Shredded Coconut
  • 1 C. Dried Goji Berries
  • 1/2 C. Pitted Dates (packed tightly)
  • 1/3 C. Liquid Sweetener (i.e. Raw Coconut Nectar, Maple Syrup, Agave, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or Pink Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Goji Soaked Water
  1. Soak Buckwheat and Sunflower Seeds for 6-8 hours (or over night). Rinse, drain, and dry before using in recipe. After soaking, buckwheat should yield 3 Cups and Sunflower Seeds should yield 1 Cup. (This step is optional; however, soaking beforehand activates the enzymes making it easier to digest and, as a result, give you more energy)
  2. Soak Goji Berries in water for 10 minutes (do this while assembling the other ingredients)
  3. Drain goji berries. Keep 2 Tbsp of the water the goji berries were soaking in for future use.
  4. Add buckwheat, sunflower seeds, coconut shreds, and goji berries to a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients to a food processor. Blend until it forms a smooth paste.
  6. Mix paste with ingredients in the mixing bowl until all ingredients are completely blended (best to use your hands here)
  7. Line your dehydrator with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture onto the parchment paper in thin layers.
  8. Dehydrate on 115 degrees for 12-24 hours (24 hours will yield a more “crunchy” granola).

At about the 8 hour mark of dehydrating, crumble the granola (break it apart) so it’ll begin to dehydrate even faster.
If you do not have a dehydrator, you can also use an oven on the lowest heat setting with the door cracked open.

 

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