We got a food dehydrator about a month ago, and I have been experimenting with simple recipes like sweet potato chips, dried strawberries, and fruit leather. I decided I was ready to try raw granola! I found this recipe for Vanilla Bean Raw-Granola on Pinterest and tried it. Here are my step-by-step directions to make a variation of this yummy granola (with a few suggestions after).
Raw Dehydrator Vanilla-Cinnamon Granola
- 2 cups raw almonds (soaked)
- 1 cup raw walnuts (soaked)
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 6 pitted organic dates
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 T raw honey
- Begin by soaking your nuts and seeds. I soaked my walnuts and almonds for 6 hours and my pumpkin seeds for 2 hours. Just place each in a separate bowl, and add enough filtered water to cover them. I usually stick the bowls in my microwave to rest. Begin this recipe first thing in the morning, and you will be ready to prepare your granola in the afternoon.
- About 15 minutes before starting the granola, soak your dried dates in filtered water to rehydrate them. Here is what the nuts, seeds, and dates will look like.
- Now you are ready to prepare your granola. Here are all the ingredients you will need.
- Begin by pureeing your rehydrated dates, vanilla extract, honey, and cinnamon in a food processor or blender until you form a paste. It will look like this.
- Using a food processor, coarsely chop your nuts and seeds. I think I did this for just a second or two.
- Combine your the nuts/seeds with the date paste. Spread this mixture onto a tray in your dehydrator. This is a great job for a little helper!
- I dehydrated this granola for about 20 hours at 115 degrees. You will know it is ready when it’s crunchy and only slightly chewy. (Some of the granola is missing because I had to taste it along the way to see if it was ready.)
- When the granola is ready, place it in a lidded jar — If you don’t eat it all immediately!
When I make this again, I think I will add a 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes and perhaps some dried fruit, like chopped pineapple, raisins, or cranberries. I would also toss some dark chocolate chunks in with the jar after the granola has been dehydrated.
It’s a delicious treat with a bowl of yogurt and some fresh berries!