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).
As 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.
- Large Bowl (for mixing)
- Food Processor
- Dehydrator (can also use a stove w/ the door half way opened)
- 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
After 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.
*These prices reflect the amount listed at the time of writing this blog post. Prices may vary.
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