This is the best raw granola I've made yet. The nuts and seeds need to soak, so usually I start soaking the almonds at night, then in the morning I put the pumpkin and sunflower seeds on to soak and start making the granola in the evening. So it's in the dehydrator overnight and usually ready by the next morning. Sprouted buckwheat groats are optional, but make a really nice, extra-crunchy addition. I usually have them on hand, I make them up by themselves and just sprinkle some into the finished granola.
This raw granola is great with kefir. I've not tried it with nut milk yet but I bet it would be delicious with either almond milk or cashew milk. I love it just for a snack too, I eat it by the handful. It would store and travel really well if you go hiking too.
2 cups almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 apples, grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
1-1/2 teaspoon maple syrup *
1/2 teaspoon stevia powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup dried sprouted buckwheat groats (optional)
2 Tablespoons mesquite powder (optional)
2 Tablespoons lucuma powder (optional)
Soak the almonds for 12-48 hours, drain and rinse. Soak pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for 4-6 hours, drain and rinse.
Put the soaked nuts and seeds in a food processor or blender and process until they are finely chopped but still a bit chunky. You want a bit of texture rather than a paté consistency.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients except the dried sproouted buckwheat groats, and mix well. The mixing is a bit of a chore if you use a fork or some other implement. I suggest you do what I do and just get your hands in there and mix it up really well.
Spread it evenly over 3 dehydrator trays covered with Teflex sheets. Dehydrate at 105F for 10-12 hours or until crunchy.
* Maple syrup isn't raw. In this recipe it's used more for flavoring than sweetness, so if you want a purely 100% raw granola you can leave it out.