Grain-free Slow Toasted Granola

I started this batch of grain-free granola yesterday as a new recipe I wanted to try out and play around with. I liked the idea of adding dates because they have a "darker" sweetness than honey (kind of like comparing brown sugar to white sugar) but had no idea how wonderful they would actually be! I was so in awe of how they turned out, I literally could not stop eating it! I couldn't think of anyway this recipe could get better so I thought I should snap some pictures and get the recipe to you before I ate it all;)

Homemade granola is easy to make and lots better for your body than store-bought granola, which is loaded with sugars and stripped of nutrients through heavy processing. This grain-free granola is slow-toasted in the dehydrator, preserving nutrients and making the nuts and fruit easier to digest.

The dates really add a wonderful flavor and sweetness without being overpowering, as well as a fun chewy texture in the midst of a crisp, crunchy granola.  I added a little apple and cinnamon for a classic granola taste, but you could really get creative and add lots of other things. I'm thinking next time I might add some coconut flakes and some bigger apple chunks for a little extra "UMPH"!

Once dehydrated, this granola will be shelf-stable for a while but I really don't think you'll have to worry about storing this for a while... it'll be gone before you know it;) You can also toast this granola in the oven.. turn oven on 130° and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon, baking the normal time.

If you have any questions about making your own granola, just leave a comment below!

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Grain-free Slow Toasted Granola
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 5 min Cook time: 10-12 hoursServings: 4 cups

Ingredients:

12 dates, pitted and chopped
1 c raw almonds
1 c raw pecans
1 grated apple
3 Tbsp butter or ghee, melted
3 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds (you can buy it ground, but I would also recommend soaking and dehydrating the flour before cooking with it, or buy them pre-sprouted, like this brand)
1/4 c water
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Chop almonds and pecans (or pulse a few times in a food processor)
Place in a glass bowl and fill with water to cover
Add 2 tsp salt, gently stir to combine, and let soak for 8 hours (soaking allows for easier digestion and nutrient uptake)
Strain through a mesh strainer and rinse under water.
In a small bowl, combine ground flaxseeds and water. Let this sit while mixing other ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, combine almonds, pecans, chopped dates, and grated apple.
Pour melted butter and honey and stir to combine. Add cinnamon and flaxseed mixture and stir to coat evenly.
Spread on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 130° for 10-12 hours. It will be slightly chewy when done but will crisp up while cooling.

Let me know what you think!! Leave a comment below!

2 Responses to “Grain-free Slow Toasted Granola

  • This granola was really good! It’s better than store-bought granola because it has the natural flavor of the nuts/berries unlike the dominating salty taste store granola carries. Yum!

    • Thanks Gerald! I totally agree–most store-bought granolas, even grain-free ones, are just too sugary or salty. Glad you liked the recipe:)

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